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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