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Did you know that Fort Monroe was the last remaining fort in the US which is still active as an Army post after being decommissioned in 2011?

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#2 Thing to Do: Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
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The Casemate Museum depicts the history of Fort Monroe and the Old Point Comfort, with emphasis on the Civil War period.

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Fort Monroe is one of the most important historical sites in Virginia, United States. Located in Hampton, in Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe is a place with a rich cultural and military history. Fort Monroe was built between 1819 and 1894, as a military stone area, having a surface of 565 acres. Fort Monroe closed in September 2011, moment after which the area was proclaimed a National Monument for the United States, due to the many places with historical significance that can be found here. Nowadays, Fort Monroe is an amazingly popular tourist destination, including more than 170 historic buildings, natural spots of an unique beauty, but also beaches and spectacular views.

Top Attractions within Fort Monroe

The Casemate Museum is one of the most popular cultural venues in Fort Monroe. The museum first opened in 1951 and it currently exhibits numerous collections representative for the history of Fort Monroe. Within the museum, you will also be able to see memorabilia depicting the period of the Civil War.

The Chapel of the Centurion is one of the oldest facilities in Fort Monroe. Here, you will be able to see a military structure made of wood. The chapel served for religious purposes since 1858, when its construction ended. Although the Chapel of the Centurion was built for military purposes, since Fort Monroe no longer is an active military base, the role of the venue has been transformed and adapted to the changes made in the area.

The American Theatre is located at only 0.98 miles distance from Fort Monroe, in Hampton city, so including this cultural venue into your route will definitely be a great idea. The theater has about 400 seats and hosts numerators stage performances.

Freedom's Fortress Marker is another popular spot that can be seen in Fort Monroe. The inscription on the marker presents the purpose on which the development of Fort Monroe site was based.

Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge is a monument dedicated to the triumph of courage. The monument was built in the honor of all the soldiers who have had the courage to fight for their country.

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