Beginning Friday, June 18, the Fort Monroe Visitor Center & Education Center will reopen to the public. The center’s hours are Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm. Visitors can stop by to get information about the area or pick up guided maps for walking tours. The Visitor Center will also provide guests with information about the Fort Monroe National Monument, the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-speaking North America, and how the first “contrabands of war” escaped to the fort during the Civil War.
The Casemate Museum, which first opened in 1951 to show the cell where Jefferson Davis was imprisoned after the Civil War, also reopens Friday. The museum depicts the history of Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe, and the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps. A timed ticket is required. Reservations can be made online or same-day tickets can be picked up at the Visitor Center.