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WHAT IS THE FORT MONROE AUTHORITY?

The Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, created by Act of the Virginia General Assembly in 2010 and charged with the reuse planning and management in perpetuity of Fort Monroe (Old Point Comfort) Virginia; a state enclave, open to all as of September 15, 2011.


HOW BIG IS FORT MONROE?

  • Total Acreage – 565 acres
  • Total Acres of submerged land – 110 acres
  • Total acres of wetlands – 85 acres

WHO MANAGES THE FORT MONROE AUTHORITY?

The Fort Monroe Authority is led by 12-member gubernatorial appointed Board of Trustees. The Board consists of 5 Citizen Appointees, 3 Cabinet Appointees, 2 General Assembly Appointees, and 2 City of Hampton Appointees. For more information visit the FMA Board of Trustees page.


WHEN IS FORT MONROE OPEN?

Fort Monroe is open 24 hours a day year-round. Parks, Outlook Beach, Engineer Wharf fishing pier and the boardwalk are open sunrise to the sunset. There are no fees for entry to Fort Monroe.


HOW DO I GET TO FORT MONROE

Directions From Richmond

  • Take I-64 East towards Norfolk/Williamsburg/Virginia Beach. Remain on I-64 until you reach Hampton, VA.
  • Take Exit 268 (169 East Mallory St/Ft. Monroe). NOTE: Last exit prior to entering the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.
  • Left at the light onto S Mallory St (.1 mile)
  • Right at the 2nd light onto E Mellen St. Continue approximately .6 miles until you cross over a small bridge prior to entering Ft. Monroe.

Directions From Virginia Beach/Norfolk

  • Take I-64 West towards Richmond, VA. Remain on I-64 until you reach Hampton, VA.
  • Take Exit 268 (169 East Mallory St/Ft. Monroe). NOTE: First Exit after leaving the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.
  • Left at the light onto S Mallory St (.1 mile).
  • Right at the next light onto E Mellen St. Continue approximately .6 miles until you cross over a small bridge prior to entering Ft. Monroe.

DOES FORT MONROE HAVE A VISITORS CENTER?

Many guests begin their outing at Fort Monroe at the Casemate Museum, located at 20 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651. The Casemate Museum is located within the largest stone fort ever built in America. The museum features the cell of captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis and many other exhibits about Fort Monroe and the Coast Artillery Corps. Admission is free. For more information call 757-788-3391 or visit the Casemate page.


IS THERE LODGING WITHIN FORT MONROE?

Currently, there is no lodging on Fort Monroe. However, there are a number of hotels located just a few miles away in the City of Hampton. For more information on hotels and places to stay in Hampton, VA visit http://visithampton.com/stay/hotels/


IS THERE CAMPING WITHIN FORT MONROE?

Fort Monroe is home to the Colonies RV and Travel Park, http://www.thecoloniesrvandtravelpark.com/

The park is located on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Guests have access to Fort Monroe’s beautiful beaches, boating, fishing, bicycling and many historic sites to explore at Fort Monroe. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Colonies RV and Travel Park at 757-722-2200 or 757-635-0471.


ARE THERE ANY RESTAURANTS?

Several eateries are located on Fort Monroe. For a complete listing of all restaurants, please visit our restaurants page.


HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK AT FORT MONROE?

There are approximately 25 employees employed by the Fort Monroe Authority and 2 employed by the National Park Service.


HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT FORT MONROE?

Approximately 160 families live at Fort Monroe. Fort Monroe features 176 housing units. For more information on living at Fort Monroe visit the Residential Leasing section.


WHO GETS TO LIVE HERE? CAN I RENT A HOME?

Once a military post where soldiers and their families lived, today Fort Monroe is a public park with homes and apartments available for lease to the general public. For a complete description of housing options, visit the Residential Leasing section or call Fort Monroe Authority Leasing Office at 757-723-4238. Homes and apartments are leased but not sold.


CAN I LOCATE MY ORGANIZATION HERE?

Fort Monroe is an extraordinary place to work. More than one million square feet of non-residential space is located in more than 200 buildings. 169 of the buildings and structures are historic, representing a variety of architectural styles including Romanesque, Colonial and Gothic Revival. The Fort Monroe Authority is preserving these buildings through rehabilitation and reuse. There are a variety of opportunities to locate and organization or business here here. Please contact the Commercial Leasing office at 757-497-2113 or scohen@divaris.com for availability.


HOW MANY BUILDINGS ARE THERE AT FORT MONROE?

There are 259 buildings and structures, 169 of which are historic.


HOW MANY DIFFERENT STYLES OF ARCHITECTURE CAN BE FOUND AT FORT MONROE?

Fort Monroe is home to some of the finest military architecture including; Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Gothic Revival, Beaux Arts, Classical Revival, Art Deco, International Style.


HOW MANY SPECIES OF BIRDS ARE AT FORT MONROE?

In a recent bird survey of Fort Monroe performed in 2009-2010, a total of 89 bird species were observed at Fort Monroe including; Bald Eagles, American Black Ducks and Brown Pelicans.


HOW MANY NATIVE PLANTS AND TREES ARE AT FORT MONROE?

Fort Monroe is home to a total of 9 species of trees and a total of 249 species of flora representing 179 genus and 67 families of plants. The area has 136 native and 113 introduced plants meaning 55% of the plant assemblage of Fort Monroe is made up of native species and 45% of introduced species.


WHERE CAN I WALK AT FORT MONROE? CAN I GET A MAP?

Fort Monroe features a waterfront boardwalk that stretches over 3 miles along the Chesapeake Bay. A walking tour is also available that features Fort Monroe’s historic sites.


WHAT OTHER RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE HERE?

There is so much to do at Fort Monroe. Guests enjoy learning our rich military history at the Casemate Museum, swimming at the beautiful Outlook Beach, Eating at one of our waterfront eateries, camping at the Colonies RV and Travel Park, or playing a game of tennis or baseball at one of the athletic fields. Fort Monroe’s beautiful outdoor setting offers a wide range of activities including nature walks, bird watching, and historic exploration. For details.


WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?

There’s always something happening at Fort Monroe. Check out the Calendar to see what’s on the schedule right now.


CAN I TAKE PICTURES AT FORT MONROE?

All commercial filming activities require a permit. Commercial filming means filming that involves the digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience. This includes recordings such as those used for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project.


CAN I BRING MY PET TO THE PARK?

Pets are welcome in nearly all areas of Fort Monroe but must be on leash.  Pets are welcome on the beaches from September 15 to May 15.


CAN I DIG OR SEARCH FOR OBJECTS AT FORT MONROE?

All of Fort Monroe is a National Historic Landmark. Harming the buildings or natural environment are offenses punishable under federal law. Metal detecting and other digging activities are unlawful at Fort Monroe due to the potential explosive materials and archaeological resources. If you suspect an object of being an explosive material, clear the area and call 9-1-1 immediatelly.


ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER?

Volunteering is one of the most popular ways to enjoy Fort Monroe. Volunteers serve as docents at the Casemate Museum and play a major role in special event offerings to the public. For more information on volunteering at Fort Monroe, please visit the volunteer page.


CAN I RENT SPACE FOR A WEDDING OR A MEETING?

Intimate chapels, elegant reception sites, conference facilities and a beautiful waterfront gazebo are a beautiful backdrop for weddings, celebrations, retirements, meetings, and retreats. For more information, visit the venue rental page or call 757-251-2752.