fort monroe, virginia

We visited Fort Monroe National Historic Site near Virginia Beach in June 2019. There’s a dog cemetery on top of the outer wall that presents an interesting way of tracking the history of the fort. The gate was to low (10’0”) our Leisure Travel Van (Tiny House) is 10’6” tall so we had to park outside the fort and walk in. The fort was built after the War of 1812. Construction started in 1819 and was decommissioned in 2011. The fort was the only fort in southern territory continually held be the Union forces during the entire Civil War.

During the Civil War, freed or run away slaves came to the fort seeking refuge and dubbed Fort Monroe – “Freedom’s Fortress”…

Near Virginia Beach, Virginia
The gate into Fort Monroe wasn’t made for modern day vehicles.
Some very notorious people spent time at Fort Monroe before and after the Civil War. Just to name a few – General Robert E. Lee, General George B. McClellan, and President Abraham Lincoln. Construction began in 1819 and took 15 years to build. The fort remained in use until it was decommissioned in 2011.
The moat and walls of Fort Monroe.
The moat completely surrounds the fort and was not designed to defend against the weapons of modern warfare.
A small wax museum is located inside Fort Monroe.
This could be a problem if the fort is under siege and blockaded.
A dog cemetery along the top of the outer wall of Fort Monroe. Hundreds of graves at the top of the outer wall, some dogs and some people.
The dog cemetery was located to the left on top of the ridge.
MaryAnn at Fort Monroe. I took this picture with a zoom lens from the top of the outer wall, MaryAnn was near the courtyard of the fort about 75 yards away.
The same picture as the previous without the zoom lens.
MaryAnn’s crossing over the moat surrounding Fort Monroe.
Our Leisure Travel Van waiting outside the walls of Fort Monroe.
The path leading up to the rim of the outer walls of Fort Monroe.
Fort Monroe was named “Freedom’s Fortress” during the Civil War by run away slaves fleeing the southern Confederate States.
MaryAnn leaving the Fort Monroe, walking toward our tiny house.

General Robert E Lee, then a United States Army 2nd lieutenant and an engineer, was stationed at Fort Monroe from 1831-1834. Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States during the Civil War was a prisoner at Fort Monroe following the end of the war.

Some people claim this fort is haunted, I can neither confirm or deny this claim. However, there is definitely a sense of historic significance when walking the corridors of this old fort…

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