Fort Monroe is a pre Civil War army post with a long history defending the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Due to its current active military state, the fort is in excellent condition and well worth a visit. When entering Fort Monroe, you will need to enter on the west side (harbor side to your right) using Fenwick Road. This entrance is where you will secure a visitor day pass. By indicating to the base security personnel that you plan to visit the casematemuseum Casemate Museum should secure the necessary day pass. Once a base pass is secured, travel south on McNair Drive where it turns into Fenwick Road in front of the Chamberlin Hotel. Start your journey at the east entrance to the old fort where there is plenty of parking along the sea wall (just northeast of Battery Irwin). Before you enter the old fort, visit the old Gun Battery Irwin south of the parking area. This gun battery is the only one on Fort Monroe where actual restored guns still remain. Also visit Old Point Comfort Light just southwest of the gun battery. Then enter the fort through the east entrance and observe Quarters 1, Tower View, Parade Field, Church, and Robert E. Lee's quarters on the way to the Casemate Museum. Once your fort tour is complete, drive northeast on Fenwick Road and visit Gun Battery DeRussy and Gun Battery Church.
By: Colorado Camper