"Freedom's Fortress"

Fort Monroe National Monument has a diverse history spanning the American story from American Indian presence, Captain John Smith's journeys, first arrival of enslaved Africans in English North America, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the American Civil War, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake Bay through the 21st Century. Visit and witness the on-going preservation work in action. Read More

Historic map of Jamestowne in 1624

Commemoration of First African Landing

August 2019 we commemorated the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America in 1619.

A large bell stands next to a speaker's podium.

Day of Healing - Nationwide Bell Ringing

The park & its partners are invited the public to come together to ring bells across the nation for four minutes on Aug. 25, 2019.

A color illustration depicts Fort Monroe surrounded by water and a number of sail and steam boats.

The History of Fort Monroe

There is 400 years of history to explore at Fort Monroe!

Last updated: August 20, 2020

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Mailing Address:

41 Bernard Road
Building #17

Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1001


757-722-FORT (3678)

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