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 757 788-3391 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, December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1.
POSTERN GATE BRIDGE/PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY TO CASEMATE MUSEUM ENTRANCE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
Effective immediately, the Postern Gate is closed to pedestrians while the bridge is being repaired. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the Main Gate/Ruckman Road entrance to the Fortress to access the Casemate Museum. Repairs will begin in early January and is expected to take 6-8 weeks for completion. Vehicular traffic is not impacted by this repair work and visitors may continue to enter the fortress via the Main Gate, East Gate, and North Gate to access the Casemate Museum and other sites within the fortress.
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.