Exploring Fort Monroe

Disclaimer: You may learn something here. For most of us, this is good. My twelve-year old is at a point where if she’s not in school, she doesn’t want to see anything educational and has asked me to warn her if a book or television show may fall into this category. I watch a lot of Discovery Channel, PBS documentaries and the like- so this comes up a lot. 🙂

Last night, I was trying to decide where I wanted to spend my day working. I’ve got the “get out of the house” bug at the moment, something about the fall weather … outside is a must. Scenic is more or less the current requirement, so I scoured Google Maps to find a nice place to crash. Fort Monroe won. Commissioned in 1819 by President James Monroe it was designed to be an impenetrable fort, defending the Hampton Roads region from a sea attack.

While on the way to finding a spot to camp out at, I ran across the entrance for the most fortified part of the base.


Who can resist? There was a small information sign just off to the right that read:


Unexploded ordinance really isn’t anything foreign to this area, I see stories in the news every now and then about treasure hunters or beach goers uncovering some civil war era cannonball or ammunition while digging around. In fact, there’s a large section of this retired base that is still off limits for just that reason. After clearing the entrance, this path drew my attention.


Following the path up, I’m on top of the fortress walls. Quite an impressive view (the lighthouse is my favorite)

Meanwhile, outside the heart of the base:

On the way out, spotted this guy. Not sure the photo does this ride justice, it was beautiful, really nice restoration job. Wish I could have snapped a better photo- shooting and driving is hard (and maybe illegal?)..


Just a mile south of this fort is Fort Wool which I’ve never visited, but plan to sometime in the near future. It was also designed to work in concert with Fort Monroe to provide crossfire and help protect the harbor.

So, that’s my day. Now I need to figure out where I’m going tomorrow. 🙂