Mid February we took a drive back to Fort Monroe and this time instead of seeing just the outside parameter, we decided to go inside.
Interesting place. Driving around to the gate to see inside the Fortress.
Virginia's Peninsulas Southern tip.
Completed in 1834 and named in honor of James Monroe.
History explained → https://fortmonroe.org/about/fort-monroe/history/
Definitely worth taking the time to read. Hi lite address, copy and paste in browser.
To the inside of the fort
We stopped at the Chapel of the Centurion first before we took in other sites inside.
The army's oldest wooden structure in continuous use. Named after the Roman Centurion, Cornelius.
Beautiful wooden cross
Stained glass window that is now in the museum we toured at the Fortress
explanation of the window
Next some historical quarters like this one
A short clip of this place showing more of the house
Now the big gun
A walk around it in this short clip
Onto the casement museum which is a series of interconnected casements. Vaulted chambers that are within the forts walls.
Passing by the casement Jefferson Davis was held
video of entrance to casement and of the cistern
We are cautioned as we enter that the archways are low. The average size of soldiers manning guns like the ones we see here were average 5'8" tall and 143 1/2 pounds in weight.
Strength of the fort
Steve walked to Flagstaff Bastion
From top of Fort.
Nine stories and sits on Fort Monroe. The Chamberlin was once a hotel. Today a retirement community. It overlooks Hampton Roads at Old Point Comfort.
I zoomed in a little closer
From the top is Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
Checking out this barge going by from the top
This is a steep climb from the inside for sure. But such a neat look over the water from the top.