Monday–Sunday | 10:30 am — 4:30 pm Memorial Day to Labor Day
Tuesday – Sunday | 10:30am – 4:30pm remainder of the year
Guided Tours: Fridays & Saturday | 1pm (May-July)
20 Bernard Road
Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers (VPAS) to learn about the night skies over Fort Monroe and the tools used for observational astronomy. If skies are clear, stay after to view some “deep-sky” celestial objects through a telescope! As a bonus, VPAS will also discuss how to safely view the Total Solar Eclipse on 8/21. Solar observing glasses and eclipse reminder cards will be available for everyone.
Longtime local fisherman Barry Buchanan will share technical expertise about how, when, and where to catch fish in the local area. He will also share some “fish tales” and favorite fishing spots.
Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) cleans 150 million gallons of water from homes and businesses throughout Hampton Roads each day. But should wastewater really be wasted water? Learn how we’re using this valuable resource to fight back against sea level rise and protect our waterways, groundwater supplies and economy.
Come hear writer and historian Al Chewning tell thrilling tales of local pirates. Stories will include that of the pirate ship “La Paix” that battled and surrendered to the HMS Shoreham near Lynnhaven Inlet in 1700.
Marine Scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will share their research and knowledge of the unique marine life that surrounds Old Point Comfort and beyond. They will even bring some specimens for the audience to examine!
Here on our watery planet, no one knows the waters better than the sailor. Join Bob and Jeanne Zentz in a singing celebration of “The Sea, The Ship, and The Sailor,” exploring the creeks and rivers, bay and ocean of our beloved Chesapeake region. This “informance” features audience participation and the accompaniment of instruments favored by sailors such as the UKE, BANJO, and CONCERTINA!
The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is to Save the Bay. Learn how important the Chesapeake Bay is to our region and the country and the various ways we can help restore it to full health, from easy things you can do at home, to getting involved politically.
Living history interpreter Willie Balderson portrays Anas Todkill, a soldier and carpenter of the Virginia Company who traveled with John Smith on his explorations of the Chesapeake region. Todkill is credited with co-writing portions of Smith’s accounts and his perspective provides a unique insight into colonial Virginia.
Living history interpreter Valerie Davis takes on the persona of Martha Ann Fields who escaped slavery with her 8 children and arrived at Fort Monroe in 1862. Listen to Mrs. Field’s stories of plantation life, her harrowing escape from slavery, and the successes of her children after the Civil War. One of her sons, James Apostles Fields went on to become a lawyer and state delegate; his house still stands in Newport News.
Learn about the grand resorts that once dominated the shores of Old Point Comfort and coexisted with the daily routines of an Army Post. Imagine you were a tourist of the era and find the answers to the questions: How would you get here? Where would you stay? How would you pass the time?