EXPLORE FORT MONROE’S HISTORY
Completed in 1834, Fort Monroe was originally designed to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from an enemy attack and is the largest stone fort in America. Within the fort is the Casemate Museum, which chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe from the construction of Fort Algernourne, the first defensive fortification at the site in 1609, through the last major command to be headquartered at Fort Monroe, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. The museum features the room where Jefferson Davis was held briefly as prisoner following the American Civil War, highlights Major General Benjamin Butler’s Contraband of War decision that granted refuge to 3 escaped slaves, and tells the history of the US Army Coast Artillery Corps.
VISITING THE MUSEUM
No longer an active military base, Fort Monroe is open to the public and admission to the Casemate Museum is free for self guided tours. Guided tours are available by reservation for groups of 10 or more and the cost is $3 per person. Please book guided tours at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure availability. Groups of 10 or more may elect to do a self guided tour at no charge. All groups are encouraged to call at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure availability of space and/or guides. For reservations, please call 757 690-8073 or email DNelson@fmauthority.com.
Admission is free for self guided tours. Guided tours by reservation and the cost is $3 per person. Large groups must call ahead to reserve a space.
Open Monday-Sunday 10:30am – 4:30pm Memorial Day to Labor Day
Tuesday-Sunday for the remainder of the year.
Address: 20 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Personal vehicles: Please note that GPS directions do not always route vehicles properly to the above address. Directions to Museum parking is: Directions to Casemate Museum
Tour buses: Please note that over-sized vehicles cannot enter the Inner Fort. Directions for bus drop-off are: Directions for Bus Parking
Museum is closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1.
VOLUNTEER AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Casemate Museum welcomes volunteers in many capacities including tour guides, museum greeters, and administrative assistants.
Application Procedure: Email or post the Casemate Museum Application to Ms. Darcy Nelson, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Casemate Museum. Direct application inquiries to the same: 757-690-8073, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CM Volunteer Application 2015
HISTORIC STRUCTURE REPORT–STRUCTURAL MONITORING AND TESTING AT THE CASEMATE MUSEUM
The Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service are partnering to complete an Historic Structure Report (HSR) for the the Casemate Museum. This work will continue through June 2015. The HSR will create greater understanding of the Casemate Museum section of the fortification to help address ongoing structural and aesthetic issues in a manner sensitive to the historic structure and character of the Fort Monroe National Monument and National Historic Landmark. Funding for this project is provided by the National Park Service and a grant from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. Click the link below to learn more about this project.