HAMPTON—The public is invited to join the Fort Monroe Authority and National Park Service in a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 18, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the transfer of Fort Monroe from the Department of the Army to the state of Virginia.
Since the transfer, many business owners have taken advantage of the opportunity to set up shop in the idyllic setting, including Paradise Ocean Club, Oozlefinch Beers & Blending, Deadrise and 1851 Firehouse Café. There is also currently an ambitious plan to bring in a resort that includes a hotel, restaurant, and an updated marina.
Named after U.S. President James Monroe, Fort Monroe traces its history back to a wooden fortification that was built at the site in the early 1600s. A soldier by the name of Edgar Allan Poe even served there.
Fort Monroe continued to grow and expand over the years but was decommissioned in September of 2011. On Nov. 1, 2011, President Obama signed a proclamation designating parts of Fort Monroe as a national monument.
The commemoration is from 10am to 4pm at the Fort Monroe Parade Grounds. A special tribute to Fort Monroe’s past, present, and future will begin at 1 p.m. Visit http://from-mission-to-mission.eventbrite.com to register. Visit fortmonroe.org for more information about the fort and surrounding area.