Fort Monroe

Old Point Comfort, Hampton, Virginia

Photos 

Fort Monroe

1. BERNARD ROAD, VIEW OF QUARTERS #51 FROM SOUTH

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Map 

Description 

Fort Monroe occupies a sandy projection of land in Hampton, Virginia, at the end of the peninsula between the York and James Rivers. Between this pit and the peninsula is a small inlet, Mill Creek. This site is connected to that peninsula by sand bars frequently flooded by the Chesapeake Bay which is to the east of fort Monroe. The large harbor of Hampton Roads is to the south. Although Fort Monroe was begun in 1818, the history of the site and earlier impermanent defensive works stretch back over 200 years. The history of this sandy site is at least as remarkable and complex as any region of the United States. It has played a significant part in the cultural and military history of not only Virginia and the Thirteen Colonies, but also of the United States. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS VA-595)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000912
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government
Levels of significance
National; Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
District
Historic function
Fortification
Current function
Fortification
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1819; 1946
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 7
Contributing structures: 5

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