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“Great Fort to go see”

Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Hampton
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was a nice activity to go and see. The museum was very informative. I liked that it was very much a stone fort. You walked through tunnels and aisle-ways and over bridges inside. Everything was made of stone and seemed cool and damp.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

I've seen the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe three times now and it doesn't get old. If you're a history buff and have an interest in forts, this is worth the trip and then some. One of the only star-shaped moated forts in the US still standing intact, Fort Monroe has Civil War history: escaped slaves that came here for refuge in 1861 were named contraband of war and were therefore not returned into the hands of their owners. For this, it gained the name Freedom's Fortress and became a symbol of hope.
Also, Jefferson Davis was emprisoned here for several years and you can walk into the cell he occupied. Less concrete, Edgar Allen Poe served a stint here and supposedly wrote the Cask of Amontillado while stationed here, basing the story on a local folk tale.
In any case, the architecture is intriguing and since the museum is actually inside the old casemate (a series of low rooms used to store munitions and, in some cases, house officers), it offers a unique view of what life on such a base must've been like.
Outside the casemate museum, Fort Monroe itself is equally interesting. The interior star fort walls can be walked all the way around; there are great views of the moat and the original structures inside the fort, as well as some more recent gun emplacements. Then outside the moat, there are more recent gun emplacements that can be walked on and around.
Also, there is the historic Chamberlain hotel, which has been refurbished since the fort left military hands and is now a posh retirement home and the Old Point Comfort lighthouse (you can't go inside that though), the quarters Lee was housed in at one point (also private so no entry) and the remains of the water battery built in 1832.
It's a great piece of history and a great place to see something you won't find often. I'm so glad that it went to the national park service so more people can enjoy it.

Thank EmmaSeattle
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

we really enjoyed our walk around Ft Monroe , it is surrounded by the Chesapeak Bay so the view is fantastic.

I believe it is may become part of the National Park System in the furture.

There was no charge . They may offer guided tour but we never checked on this .

The Casement Museum is fantastic - so much history and the diplays are done to perfection.

Thank boggie_7
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

I went to the Fort and Museum while visiting Hampton, Va;i planned on spending a couple hours there,instead I stayed the entire day!!!Take the time to walk around the entire Fort;you will enjoy it!There is a scenic Lighthouse and the boats on the Bay are fun to watch.There is a large old building called the Chamberlin near the Marina that has a Bistro if you need food, I think they also offer a brunch .The Casemate Museum is also very interesting;especially if you like history. This was my favorite of all the things i visited while there.It is a little confusing when you first arrive,I just drove around until I found the museum-it is near the Robert E Lee house.There is no admission fee.

Thank babynursenc
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Home Sweet Home. I lived on Ft Monroe for 6.5 yrs. And that was in one of 3 of the oldest houses on the fort. My house faced the Casemate Museum. The Fortress is one of the most beautiful that I have ever lived. So much to offer.

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