"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 John Smith map of Virginia Colony updated 12 times between 1612-24

Commemoration of First African Landing

August 2021 we commemorate the 402nd anniversary of the first enslaved African landing 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 & our partners invite the public to come together to ring bells across the nation for four minutes.

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

The History of Fort Monroe

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

Last updated: August 7, 2021

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Mailing Address:

41 Bernard Road
Building #17

Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1001

Phone:

757-722-FORT (3678)

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