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“Secret Historical Jewel Not to be Missed”

Fort Monroe's Casemate Museum
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Hampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Ft. Monroe dates to 1609. That's not a typo. Two years after the founding of Jamestown. The current structure does not date to that time but is a massive structure that dates to the War 0f 1812. It even has a MOAT of all things. Robert E. Lee, as a young Officer of Engineers, designed and was responsible for the current structure. You drive into the fort across a single lane bridge and are surprised to see all the original structures. Climbing up the steps to stand on the original ramparts gives a magnificent view of the Chesapeake Bay where the duel between the Monitor and Merrimac occurred. There are exhibits that show how the guns where aimed and fired and then the high point...the cell where Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, was held after his capture. A great historical side trip.

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Reviewed 31 May 2014

If you are interested in history, particularly Civil War, this is the place to see. Wonderful preservation and explanations. Free to spend as much time as you want.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Definitely some interesting underground architecture. The models were very creepy though. OK, but not my favorite museum.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a very unique not your typical museum. The building has some of the original masonry and It has a lot of items on displayed from the Civil War. There is a replica of Jefferson Davis cell as he was being held as a war prisoner. There were several historical persons that passed through this area such as Clara Barton, Harriett Tubman and Edgar Allen Poe as a soldier,and Robert E. Lee before he became a general. I actually think that the story of Col Benjamin Butler receiving the 3 slaves who swam from across the bay from Norfolk,the highlight for me. As their slave owners tried to "collect" them they were denied by Mr.Butler because he considered them "contraband of war". Later black regiments Company A and Company B were formed. It is small but it holds a lot of history.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Visited this national park over the Memorial Day weekend. Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort ever built in the United States. Visited the museum, drove by the light house and even enjoyed time on Outlook Beach - all for free! Kids loved the moat, narrow tunnels and the low ceilings! Sits on the Chesapeake Bay so the views are beautiful! Great place to take the family!

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