VA Eastern Shore: Fort Monroe, VA

There are very few spots on the Fort Monroe where you can pop a drone up.  There is a combination of properties on Fort Monroe.  Residential, Public, Educational, Vocational and of course the Ft Monroe National Monument.  Also a variety of airspace.  Refer to official maps to see where you can fly.  I popped my drone up periscope style and did some 360’s in 2 narrow spaces on the island, plus spent some time over near the fishing pier shooting stills from the ground by the channel going out to sea.

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PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BEACHES AT FORT MONROE

There are miles of pristine beaches at Fort Monroe. Surrounded by water on all sides, the Fort Monroe beaches are some of the best places in Hampton Roads to enjoy beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay. There is something for everyone at Fort Monroe. With approximately 89 species of birds, 9 species of trees and 249 species of flora, the nature lover will feel right at home.

The public beach, Outlook Beach is the perfect place for swimming, sunning and relaxing, open sunrise to sunset.  Lifeguards, provided by the City of Hampton, are on duty between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  They are on duty 7 days a week between the hours of 10am until 6pm. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 through September 15.

THE COLONIES RV AND TRAVEL PARK

With 19 campsites, 13 with full hookups, the Colonies RV and Travel Park is a great place to experience all Fort Monroe and the surrounding area have to offer. Amenities include a country store, clubhouse with kitchen, game room and TV room. Call 757-722-2200 or 757-635-0471 to make reservations.

FORT MONROE POINTS OF INTEREST

Building #1, Old Quarters
Constructed in 1819, this building is the oldest house inside the moat. Major General Benjamin Butler declared three men who escaped slavery as contraband of war. Lincoln also stayed here while planning the attack on Norfolk in 1862.

Building #50
The historic engineer’s quarters

Building 17, Lee’s Quarters
Quarters occupied by Robert E. Lee and his family while he was a young engineer helping to oversee the construction of Fort Monroe.

Casemate #22
A fortified gun emplacement, part of the defense system of the fort.

Parade Ground
The grassy Parade Ground, surrounded on three sides by mature live oaks including the 500 year old “Algernourne Oak”, was historically used as much for recreation as military exercises and ceremonies.

Flagstaff Bastion
This site commands a view of the Hampton Roads waterway, one of the largest natural harbors in the world.


OLD POINT COMFORT LIGHTHOUSE

Strategically situated at the mouths of the James, Nansemond, and Elizabeth Rivers, Old Point Comfort Lighthouse marks the entrance to historic Hampton Roads.

Some historians believe that Native Americans kept wood fires burning at the point for Spanish ships during the 16th century. Records of a navigational beacon on Old Point Comfort date to 1775 when John Dams, caretaker of the ruins at Fort George (a predecessor to Fort Monroe), was paid an annual supplement of 20 pounds to tend a light there.

About 1800 Congress appropriated $5,000 for lighthouse construction costs, and contracted the services of Elzy Burroughs to complete the octagonal stone structure. Burroughs completed most of the work on the lighthouse, which stands 54 feet high, during 1803. The tower’s spiral staircase was built of strategically stacked hand-cut stone. Eleven oil lanterns, which consumed 486 gallons of oil each year, were set in 14-inch reflectors to produce a light that could be seen from 14 miles at sea.

During the War of 1812, the lighthouse became an observation post when it temporarily fell into British hands. In 1855, Congress appropriated $6,000 to build a fog bell tower for inclement weather. Measuring 40 inches around and three feet high, the bronze bell could be heard up to three miles away. Soon thereafter a beacon light was added to the station to guide ships docking at Fort Monroe.

Throughout the Civil War, the lighthouse operated undisturbed under Union control. After the War, the lighthouse was in danger of being closed but the historic and aesthetic value of the light helped save it. The lighthouse tower is now registered as a Virginia National Landmark and remains a welcoming beacon to all who pass.

Today visitors can enjoy a stroll around the lighthouse exterior or a picnic near its base.

Read more about the lighthouse history.

Restaurants

DINING OPTIONS AT FORT MONROE

You’ll find fresh, local seafood and regional specialties as well as traditional favorites at Fort Monroe’s many fine restaurants.


THE DEADRISE AT THE OLD POINT MARINA

Enjoy harbor-side dining at this casual café offering salads, sandwiches and light fare. Open for lunch and dinner, days and hours vary by season. 757-788-7190


THE CHESAPEAKE DINING ROOM

Located inside the historic Chamberlin building, this formal dining room offers a traditional selection with remarkable waterfront views. Open for brunch and dinner, days and hours vary by season. 757-637-7200


THE CHANNEL BISTRO

Experience a relaxing meal with a water view at this casual bistro located inside the historic Chamberlin building. Open for lunch, days and hours vary by season. 757-637-7200


FIREHOUSE COFFEE 1881

Located in the Building 24, the former fire station is now a great location to enjoy breakfast or lunch and features coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Perfect for a quick bite or a small group gathering. Open Tuesday through Friday, 7 am – 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm. 757 251-6285


PARADISE BEACH CLUB

Formally the officer’s club and now part of the Bay Breeze Conference Center, diners can enjoy Caribbean-themed fare at the restaurant or snack bar. Seasonal live entertainment and outdoor seating. Open for lunch and dinner, days and hours vary by season. 757-224-0290

Fishing Pier

A PERFECT SPOT FOR ANGLERS

Striped bass, rock fish, and white perch are just a few of the popular species that have brought fisherman to the Chesapeake Bay for centuries. Perched out the Bay, Fort Monroe offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy this timeless sport.

Anglers of all skill levels can enjoy casting a line at the Engineer Wharf adjacent to Continental Park on Fenwick Road. Open daily from sunrise to sunset, the pier is the only designated fishing location at Fort Monroe.

A Virginia Saltwater Fishing License is required. Purchase a license online or by calling 866-721-6911.

 

 

Love and Clix,

JJ

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