Fort Monroe National Monument

fort_monroe_aerialFort Monroe, a historic fort and key heritage site on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, is located near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton, VA. Stands of live oaks grace the grounds. The oldest trees were there when the English colonists stepped ashore in 1607. The beaches offer a natural refuge for the Hampton residents.

On November 1, 2011, President Obama signed a declaration officially establishing the 325-acre Fort Monroe National Monument. The Chesapeake Conservancy was a key leader in the successful formation of the Monument, and took part in the Master Planning Process.

fort_monroe_virginiaOn August 25, 2015, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a deed transferring state land within Fort Monroe to the National Park Service. The Chesapeake Conservancy was a strong supporter and advocate for the transfer.

Thanks to these actions, this land is protected for future generations while providing much-needed public access to the bay and the John Smith Chesapeake Trail, and Fort Monroe‘s vast history, including that of American Indians, African Americans and our military, are honored.