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“An Unknown Place”

Fort Monroe National Monument
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Hampton
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

It is off of the beaten path, and it is out of the way, but the detour is worth it. Much of it is unspoiled. It has the original structures. Sadly, they are not open to the public, but they are worth seeing.

Thank JohnBCowgill
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We went up and down the peninsula. Asked questions at the local businesses and they could not tell us where it was. We presumed it was just past the beach but everything seemed abondened, no signage and closed looking gates and area. We gave up and went to the fort itself. A waste of time.

Thank Rockiroads
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Pick a day when it is nice to be outside and walk. This monument is a small island that is actually an old stone fortress. It is nice to walk around the fortress (you can walk on top of the wall) and see a nice view of the James river area. There is also a museum that is worth taking an hour or two to view. Interesting history here but not a 'must see' if that is what you are looking for.

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

My family' been affiliated with the fort since 2001. It's absolutely beautiful. However, since National Monument status was convey on part of the 570 acres, the NPS apparently mandates that one obtain a permit to be on "their" part of the property. I was asked to leave yesterday by a contracted guard because I did not have the permit. There are no barriers or signs designating the fed part from the Virginia part. I've requested an explanation from the NPS office and will post the results. Bottom line: Not all of the fort's common areas are open for people's enjoyment without bureaucratic involvement.

Thank Don M
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Most are familiar with the rich history of Fort Monroe, the only fort with an intact, complete moat around the original fort. Even though the Army moved away, it is very well kept and the old historic buildings are occupied. The museum, though small is quite remarkable and only requires a donation (site of the gift shop). It is located in the casemate. You can climb up on top of the casemates and have a wonderful view of the fort, the sea, Ft Wool. There is the old parade ground with ancient oaks. Old cannons displayed in lots of locations. There is also a beautiful campground, indoor and outdoor swimming pools with a great restaurant with outdoor dining, bar, beach and lots of amenities. Great for walking and biking. A micro brewery sits right in the middle of things. And there is more!

1  Thank hertajones
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