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  • Music by the Bay 2016 Outdoor Concert Series (5/25/2016) - Free and Open to the Public Opening Concert | Friday, June 3 Thursday Evenings | June 9 – August 25 Fourth at the Fort | Monday, July 4 Bring your own picnic, chairs and Frisbee to enjoy summer sunsets by the Chesapeake Bay, along with great military band music.  Large groups welcome. Drop-off at Continental Park, bus parking at Outlook […]
  • Casemate Museum News (10/27/2014) - Visits and Events Spring and summer saw excellent visitation as well as increased volunteer hours at the Casemate Museum. The Museum collaborated with partner organizations on a number of public programs, including a Commemoration of the 153rd Anniversary of the Contraband Decision, an Educator Symposium on the War of 1812 and an “Artillery School of […]
  • Lafayette’s visit to Fort Monroe in 1824
    as Guest of the Nation
    (10/24/2014) - By Robert Kelly, Casemate Museum Historian In 1824, President James Monroe, the last of the founding-father presidents, invited Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving general of the Revolutionary War, to visit the United States, as an official “Guest of the Nation.” Forty-eight years had passed since the signing of the Declaration of Independence and 43 since the […]
  • The Waterfront Park Project and 7 Mile Trail (10/24/2014) - The Fort Monroe Authority has selected the design team for the Waterfront Park and negotiated a fee of approximately $100,000. The Foundation has secured two pledges of $50,000 and the design team will soon meet with the Fort Monroe Authority staff to begin the design process. The conceptual design will be completed in 2015 and will include a […]
  • Sisterhood on the Fort:
    Social Enjoyment and Civic Engagement
    (10/24/2014) - This past summer the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast approached the Casemate Museum with a proposal for a temporary exhibit to tell the story of Girl Scouting at Fort Monroe. Girl scouting began at Fort Monroe in 1926 and the Post provided them space within a Casemate for their meeting room. Throughout their history, […]
  • Message from the Executive Director (10/24/2014) - Many great things happened at Fort Monroe over the spring and summer and we are looking forward to an exciting fall and winter. There has been an increase in visitor traffic this year and it is in large part due to a wide array of special events that have become very popular with the public. […]
  • Day of Service at Fort Monroe (10/24/2014) - Joan Baker, Human Resources Manager at Fort Monroe Authority, worked with Tracy King from the Church of the Latter Day Saints to organize a “Day of Service” at Fort Monroe. The Church brought 145 volunteers to the property and, if you counted all of the children, the total number exceeded 200 participants. Their assignment was to remove the […]
  • New Businesses Coming to Fort Monroe (10/24/2014) - Alternatives, Inc., which has signed a 10-year lease with the Fort Monroe Authority, occupies approximately 5,800 square feet in Building 263. The company’s programs and services are focused on increasing the creativity and civic leadership of young people. Goals include building youthful self-confidence, social competency, critical thinking and an appreciation of diversity in cultures and […]
  • American Great:
    Booker T. Washington at Fort Monroe
    (10/24/2014) - In the fall of 1872, a 16-year-old African American with little more than the tattered clothes on his back arrived in Hampton, Virginia, hoping to enroll in Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, now Hampton University. Initially turned away, he would become Hampton’s most famous graduate. Born a slave in Hale’s Ford, Virginia, Booker T. Washington […]
  • Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar & Spring Festival – May 2, 3 & 4, 2014 (4/30/2014) - Helpful Hints for planning your day at Fort Monroe Tickets are available on site. Tickets are $7 per adult; $4 per child for the day. $10 per person for 2 days. Children in strollers are free. Tickets are also available at Countryside Gardens located at 220 E. Mercury Blvd. The event area is located on the bayside of Fenwick […]
  • The Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar & Spring Festival Comes to Fort Monroe (4/30/2014) - Join us on the Bay for a fabulous three-day shopping bonanza. Over 200 vendors, artists and crafters will have their wares on display. Check out RVs and boats, too! Enjoy live music and great food. Dates: May 2 and 3: 10 am to 7 pm. May 4: 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets: Adults, $7 […]
  • 10 Important Fort Monroe Historic Spring Dates (4/30/2014) - April 4, 1896: First Chamberlin Hotel, designed by architect Paul Pelz opened for business April 7, 1928:  Second Chamberlin Hotel opened for business April 7, 1934: Inaugural performance at the Fort Monroe Bandstand by the Coast Artillery Band April 28, 1758:  James Monroe Birthday April 28, 1779: Simon Bernard Birthday May 3, 1858: Chapel of […]
  • “Music by the Bay” Annual Summer Concert Series Returns (4/30/2014) - A special concert honoring the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Friday, June 6 kicks off another season of the annual summer concert series “Music by the Bay” at Fort Monroe. Join us each Thursday at the Gazebo at Continental Park to enjoy the music. This year’s lineup includes performances by the US Air Force Heritage of […]
  • Army Transfers Bulk of Artifacts Collection to the Fort Monroe Authority as a Deed Gift (3/31/2014) - The US Army, under the direction of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the Center for Military History has transferred the bulk of its artifacts collection to the Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) as a deed gift. All other artifacts will stay in place under conditional loans. The Jefferson Davis artifacts are being recalled by […]
  • Fort Monroe and the “Contraband Decision” (2/17/2014) - Check out this video to learn more about Fort Monroe and the historical significance of the “Contraband Decision” to the overall story of freedom in the United States. Cox Connection’s interview with Robin Reed, Director of the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe and Eola Dance, Chief of Visitor Services and Resources Management for the Fort […]
  • Why Do Old Places Matter? An Introduction (11/20/2013) - The Eternal City—what better place to find answers to the question: Why do old places matter? Tom Mayes, a 2013 Rome Prize winner in Historic Preservation from the American Academy, is in Rome these days and is contributing a series of posts about his experiences and research. Join us for his periodic essays and add your […]
  • Help Bring the YMCA Back to Fort Monroe (10/16/2013) - As a resident or a visitor to Fort Monroe you have probably seen the large, stately building with the white columns located next to the moat at the main gate entrance into Freedom’s Fortress.  This large building was the first YMCA ever built on an Army Post and it is rich with history.  The Fort […]
  • Message From the Executive Director (9/13/2013) - It was a wonderful summer here at Fort Monroe. As I think about all the activity, one thing is clear: Fort Monroe’s legacy as a place to gather and celebrate is not only alive, but thriving. That was apparent on July 4th, when over 30,000 people, including Governor Bob McDonnell, descended upon the property for […]
  • 2013 Summer Concert Series Recap (9/11/2013) - In the words of Plato, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” This year’s Music by the Bay Summer Concert Series at Fort Monroe proved the great philosopher to be true. The second annual concert series (a continuation of an over 80 year […]
  • Governor McDonnell Signs Fort Monroe Quitclaim Deed (9/11/2013) - Governor Bob McDonnell signed a quitclaim deed and authorized the execution of the Memorandum of Understanding for the transition plan and the Right-of-Entry agreement for the maintenance and operation of the utility systems at Fort Monroe. The quitclaim deed brings 312 acres back into the ownership and control of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Memorandum […]
  • Carson Helicopters to Locate at Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads (9/11/2013) - The Fort Monroe Authority and the City of Hampton are pleased to announce that Carson Helicopters has selected Fort Monroe for its new location. Based in Pennsylvania, Carson Helicopters has been in the helicopter business for more than 50 years. The company rebuilds and updates the S61 helicopter and other aircraft and holds over 35 […]
  • Director Named for the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe (9/11/2013) - The Fort Monroe Authority has hired Robin Edward Reed to become the director for the Casemate Museum. Mr. Reed has a long and distinguished career in managing historical sites and museums, most recently serving as the president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation in Bedford, Virginia. Mr. Reed began work at the Casemate on July […]
  • Captain Cochran’s Bandstand (9/11/2013) - As Fort Monroe begins its new chapter as a National Monument and returns as property of the Commonwealth of Virginia, visitors and locals alike continue to seek out the events, people and memories that have been ingrained into the thick stone walls and picturesque landscape for over 400 years.  Every building, stone, walkway and tree has […]
  • Lincoln Sailors Making a Difference One Beach at a Time (9/11/2013) - A group of more than 100 sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) volunteered to clean up the historic beaches of Fort Monroe on August 2.
  • Be a Junior Ranger (9/10/2013) - Looking for activities to do with your family?  Stop by the Casemate Museum and pick up a copy of the Fort Monroe Junior Ranger Program Activity booklet and discover some interactive ways to learn more about the history of Fort Monroe. Visit the National Park Service Be a Junior Ranger at Fort Monroe webpage.
  • New Board of Trustees leadership and new Board members (9/10/2013) - John Lawson, President and CEO of W.M. Jordan Company, was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the July annual meeting held at Fort Monroe.  Other officers elected were Lawrence Cumming, Vice Chair, and G. Robert Aston, Secretary.  Secretary Terrie Suit will leave the Board of Trustees on September 22, 2013.  She will be […]
  • 4th of July Fireworks Return to Fort Monroe (9/10/2013) - Spectators watch fireworks erupt over Fort Monroe on Thursday, July 4, 2013.  Over 30,000 visitors came out to enjoy the fireworks and Military Appreciation Day.   Ryan M. Kelly / Daily Press / July 4, 2013
  • Governor Bob McDonnell Issues Independence Day Statement (7/3/2013) - RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today in advance of tomorrow’s Independence Day holiday. “It was a Virginian, Richard Henry Lee, who 237 years ago brought forth a resolution stating ‘Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.’ That resolution led to the drafting […]
  • The Fourth at The Fort (7/3/2013) - FORT MONROE EVENTS AND PROGRAMS Fort Monroe, Virginia (July 2, 2013) – Fort Monroe will be open to the public on the Fourth of July, continuing its long and illustrious history as a destination to celebrate the nation’s birthday. The following is an overview of activities and programs for the day. Beaches and Fishing: Most […]
  • Fort Monroe Authority Accepts Transfer of 312 Acres from the Army (5/24/2013) - AFTER MONTHS OF SIGNIFICANT AMENDMENTS AND CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENTS PACKAGE FORT MONROE, VA — The FMA Board of Trustees voted to recommend that Governor McDonnell accept the terms of the Department of the Army’s transfer of 312 acres to the Commonwealth of Virginia after significant amendments and changes to the documents package were negotiated by […]
  • Spring/Summer Fun at Fort Monroe (5/10/2013) - SPRING/SUMMER FUN AT FORT MONROE Fort Monroe is gearing up for some spring and summer activities, including a new Junior Ranger program, reports Park Superintendent Kirsten Talken-Spaulding and Fort Monroe Authority Director Glenn Oder.
  • Fort Monroe Announces Return of the Annual “Music By the Bay” Summer Concert Series (5/3/2013) - U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Gosport Brass Band and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra offer Music and Fun for the Entire Family Starting in June at Fort Monroe. FORT MONROE, VA – The Fort Monroe Authority will launch its second annual Music by the Bay at Fort Monroe Summer Concert […]
  • Romance of Fort Monroe
    to be held Feb. 10-11
    (1/3/2013) - An event called the Romance of Fort Monroe will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 and Monday, Feb. 11 at the Casemate Museum in Hampton. The free event will start at 6:30 p.m. both days. According to a press release, “The event is a Valentine candlelight tour of historic Fort Monroe. Reservations are required.” Casemate Museum […]
  • Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (1/1/2013) - Commonwealth of Virginia Office of Governor Bob McDonnell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 1, 2013 Office of the Governor Contact: Jeff Caldwell Phone: (804) 225-4260 Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov
  • Fort Monroe possibilities (12/30/2012) - December 30, 2012—Letters to the Editor I attended the Dec. 13 Fort Monroe Authority public board meeting and learned that a final decision on the fort’s Master Plan would be made during the summer of 2013. Two more public meetings will be held before the governor has to approve. Therefore, I was quite surprised to […]
  • Charting Fort Monroe’s path through other closed bases (12/27/2012) - By Robert Brauchle, rbrauchle@dailypress.com | 757-247-2827 December 27, 2012 ROME, N.Y. — On a sunny November morning, a dozen or so passenger jets are parked like cars at a repair shop on the tarmac at Griffiss Business and Technology Park. With a wing missing here, and a tail missing there, these passenger jets are being […]
  • Remaining Wherry building could become bath house (12/26/2012) - One-story brick building had been slated for demolition By Robert Brauchle, rbrauchle@dailypress.com | 757-247-2827 December 26, 2012 HAMPTON — A lone Wherry housing apartment building originally scheduled to be demolished in December will remain standing and could be renovated into a bath house. Building 300 is a single-story duplex built on Fort Monroe in the […]
  • Looking for lessons in a Massachusetts mill town Lowell National Historical Park an example of public/private cooperation (12/26/2012) - Fort Monroe planners are still trying to decide whether a trolley or water taxi can be used to help visitors get around the property. By Robert Brauchle, rbrauchle@dailypress.com | 757-247-2827 December 26, 2012 The Lowell Historic National Monument visitors center sits on a busy downtown street. The visitors center includes displays and a movie theater […]
  • Lessons for Fort Monroe at Fort Stanwix: An urban national monument (12/23/2012) - Fortification has been on protected land since the 1970s By Robert Brauchle, rbrauchle@dailypress.com | 757-247-2827 December 24, 2012 A service ranger walks past Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY. Source: Robert Brauchle The fort in New York’s Mohawk Valley kept hostile British troops and Native Americans away from the colony’s towns and cities and allowed the […]
  • Where does the future of Fort Monroe lie? Local officials are looking to other regions for ideas and lessons (12/23/2012) - By Robert Brauchle, rbrauchle@dailypress.com | 757-247-2827 December 23, 2012 HAMPTON — With an afternoon available between workshops during an October conference in Phoenix, Ariz., Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting joined a bus tour of the former Williams Air Force Base in nearby Mesa. A few weeks earlier, Fort Monroe Authority Executive Director Glenn Oder motored […]
  • National Park Service (12/7/2012) - IT HAS BEEN A MONUMENTAL YEAR Ask anyone and they’ll tell you something magical happens when you cross over the bridge onto Fort Monroe. Nearly 200 people attended the very first National Park Service Ranger-led tour of the Fort back in March. Hundreds more enjoyed the living history programming done in collaboration with the Fort […]
  • Master Plan Update (11/23/2012) - SASAKI & FORT MONROE AUTHORITY HOST MASTER PLANNING SESSIONS The master plan process at Fort Monroe is about two-thirds complete. The Sasaki Design Team presented multiple options at the last public meeting and is now beginning to refine those options into three potential plans for Fort Monroe. The public input to the process has been […]
  • Chapels and Churches (11/11/2012) - THRIVING AT FORT MONROE When the Army left Fort Monroe, many wondered what would become of the Chapel of the Centurion, which has held services since 1858. The answer is that the Chapel is thriving. The membership has established a not-for-profit organization that leases the property from the Fort Monroe Authority.
  • Real Estate Update (10/29/2012) - PROPERTY LEASING MOVING ALONG AT A FAST PACE There are nearly 175 residences within the property, which the Fort Monroe Authority has the responsibility for managing, marketing and renting to the public. More than 100 of these properties have been leased. “Our staff has done a great job of making people aware that Fort Monroe […]
  • A Look Back at 2012 (10/19/2012) - A STORIED PAST MEETS A DYNAMIC FUTURE AS WE GO FORWARD AT FORT MONROE It has been an eventful 14 months at Fort Monroe. Glenn Oder, Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority, attributes the many accomplishments to the dedicated group of people committed to preserving the property, telling the story of Fort Monroe and […]
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert (8/30/2012) - VIRGINIA SYMPHONY TO CLOSE “MUSIC BY THE BAY” SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Noted soprano Aundie Marie Moore will perform traditional spirituals. FORT MONROE, VA – The Fort Monroe Authority will close its successful Music by the Bay at Summer Concert Series with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will take place […]
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert (8/30/2012) - VIRGINIA SYMPHONY TO CLOSE “MUSIC BY THE BAY” SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Noted soprano Aundie Marie Moore will perform traditional spirituals. FORT MONROE, VA – The Fort Monroe Authority will close its successful Music by the Bay at Summer Concert Series with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will […]
  • June Master Plan Public Meeting (6/12/2012) - FORT MONROE AUTHORITY HOSTS SECOND MASTER PLAN PUBLIC MEETING Open House Format with Short Introductory Presentation at 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. FORT MONROE, VA – The Fort Monroe Authority continues its Master Land Planning process with a second public meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Building 75 […]
  • June Master Plan Public Meeting (6/12/2012) - FORT MONROE AUTHORITY HOSTS SECOND MASTER PLAN PUBLIC MEETING Open House Format with Short Introductory Presentation at 3 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. FORT MONROE, VA – The Fort Monroe Authority continues its Master Land Planning process with a second public meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Building […]
  • OpSail 2012 at Fort Monroe (6/5/2012) - OpSail 2012 Virginia™ Viewing and Parking Information at Fort Monroe for the Parade of Sail, Friday, June 8th
  • OpSail 2012 at Fort Monroe (6/5/2012) - OPSAIL 2012 VIRGINIA™ VIEWING AND PARKING INFORMATION AT FORT MONROE FOR THE PARADE OF SAIL, FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH This is a Park and Walk Event at Fort Monroe. Shuttle service will not be provided to parking spaces or parking lots. Please wear comfortable, walking shoes to enjoy the day. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and […]
  • Adam Goodheart Event (5/24/2012) - NOTED AUTHOR ADAM GOODHEART SHARED CIVIL WAR INSIGHT May 24, 2012 – Fort Monroe hosted New York Times bestselling author Adam Goodheart for an informal discussion on the Civil War. A historian and journalist, Mr. Goodheart is the author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening. A gripping and original account of how the Civil War began, Goodheart’s bestseller has received wide critical acclaim. […]
  • Flag Raising (5/24/2012) - FLAG FLYING OVER FORT MONROE AGAIN May 24, 2012 – After an absence of eight months, the American flag is flying once again from Fort Monroe’s main pole. In accordance with military protocol, the flag was lowered during an Army decommissioning ceremony in September 2011 and preserved at the fort’s Casemate Museum. But donations, together […]
  • Adam Goodheart Event (5/24/2012) - NOTED AUTHOR ADAM GOODHEART SHARED CIVIL WAR INSIGHT May 24, 2012 – Fort Monroe hosted New York Times bestselling author Adam Goodheart for an informal discussion on the Civil War. A historian and journalist, Mr. Goodheart is the author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening. A gripping and original account of how the Civil War began, Goodheart’s bestseller has received wide critical acclaim. […]
  • Flag Raising (5/24/2012) - FLAG FLYING OVER FORT MONROE AGAIN May 24, 2012 – After an absence of eight months, the American flag is flying once again from Fort Monroe’s main pole. In accordance with military protocol, the flag was lowered during an Army decommissioning ceremony in September 2011 and preserved at the fort’s Casemate Museum. But donations, together […]
  • NPS Superintendent Letter (5/23/2012) - NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SUPERINTENDENT DISCUSSES FORT MONROE PLANS
  • NPS Superintendent Letter (5/23/2012) - NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SUPERINTENDENT DISCUSSES FORT MONROE PLANS May 23, 2012 Dear Neighbors: I am excited to announce the inaugural Fort Monroe National Monument planning effort following its addition to the national park system by presidential proclamation last November. As you know, Old Point Comfort has a long and rich history. The Peninsula is also home to diverse […]
  • Sculpture Unveiled (3/8/2012) - SCULPTURE HONORING FALLEN VETERANS UNVEILED March 8, 2012 – The Fort Monroe Authority unveiled a bronze sculpture dedicated to the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of our country’s men and women who served in the armed services. The sculpture, Angel and the Dying Unknown, by Greg Wyatt was displayed in the Gazebo overlooking the Chesapeake Bay until May 29, 2012.
  • Sculpture Unveiled (3/8/2012) - SCULPTURE HONORING FALLEN VETERANS UNVEILED March 8, 2012 – The Fort Monroe Authority unveiled a bronze sculpture dedicated to the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of our country’s men and women who served in the armed services. The sculpture, Angel and the Dying Unknown, by Greg Wyatt was displayed in the Gazebo overlooking the Chesapeake Bay until May 29, 2012.
  • Presidential Proclamation (11/1/2011) - ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FORT MONROE NATIONAL MONUMENT
  • Presidential Proclamation (11/1/2011) - ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FORT MONROE NATIONAL MONUMENT By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation November, 1 2011 – Known first as “The Gibraltar of the Chesapeake” and later as “Freedom’s Fortress,” Fort Monroe on Old Point Comfort in Virginia has a storied history in the defense of our Nation and the […]