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 the 1861 “Contraband of War” decision that granted three enslaved men, and thousands who followed, sanctuary at Fort Monroe, earning it the nickname “Freedom’s Fortress.” The museum also features the casemate where Jefferson Davis was held briefly as prisoner following the American Civil War 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. The Casemate Museum is self-guided and free of charge. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more by reservation at $3 per person. Group visitors, whether guided or self-gudied, please give two weeks’ advance notice to ensure availability of space and/or guides. For reservations, please call 757 788-3391, option 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Daily 10:30am – 4:30pm from May-September
Tuesday-Sunday from October-April
The Casemate Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Address: 20 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Driving Directions to the Museum
Personal vehicles: Please note that GPS directions do not always route vehicles properly to the above address. 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
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 Sink, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Casemate Museum. Direct application inquiries to the same: 757-690-8073, email: email@example.com
Museum Greeter description
Tour Guide Description
CM Volunteer Application_Fillable
Fort Monroe Authority/Casemate Museum has several internship opportunities available.
Email or post cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial), 2 academic/professional references, and availability to Ms. Darcy Sink, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Casemate Museum. Direct application inquiries to the same: 757-690-8073, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Casemate Museum Museum Studies intern
CM Volunteer_Intern Application
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.