What is Fort Monroe?

April 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Once the guardian of the tip of the Virginia Peninsula from ships approaching by sea, Fort Monroe (or Fortress Monroe) is a military installation in the city of Hampton on Old Point Comfort. Beginning with the initial exploration of the Virginia Colonies and continuing through the Civil War, Fort Monroe has remained steadfast over the centuries, advancing with the latest technologies and continuing to protect the coastline. The fort is the only one of its kind still remaining in America as an active military post.

By day, Fort Monroe employs and houses over 3,000 people. It’s also a popular historical destination for area tourists who come to view the moat, historic buildings, and Fort Monroe Casement Museum, once the prison home of former Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. The Army post will be retired from active duty in 2011 but is slated for redevelopment and preservation as a historic landmark.

Within just a mile or two of the installation, off-base Fort Monroe apartments are available. One-bedroom units rent for around $650 per month, and two-bedrooms go for $750 and up. Farther from the fort, higher-priced accommodations can be found.

Category: City Guides, Hampton Roads