Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Sights

Fort Monroe

  • Military Site

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

The channel between Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads is the "mouth" of Hampton Roads. On the north side of this passage is Hampton's Fort Monroe, built in stages between 1819 and 1834. The largest stone fort in the country, it's also the only one still in operation to be enclosed by a moat. Robert E. Lee and Edgar Allan Poe served here in the antebellum years, and it remained a Union stronghold in Confederate territory throughout the Civil War. After the war, Confederate president Jefferson Davis was imprisoned for a time in one of the fort's casemates (a chamber in the wall); his cell and adjacent casemates now house the Casemate Museum. Exhibits of weapons, uniforms, models, drawings, and extensive Civil War relics retell the fort's history, depict coastal artillery activities, and describe the military lifestyle through the Civil War years and the 20th century.

Sight Information

Address:

Mellen St., Phoebus, Virginia, United States

Phone:

757-788–3391

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 10:30–4:30

Published 07/22/2015

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