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. 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 CasemateTours@fmauthority.com.
Admission is free for self guided tours. Guided tours by reservation and the cost is $3 per person.
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
Museum is closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.