Monday, March 4, 2024

Take a stroll through time at Fort Monroe with James City County Parks and Rec

Aerial view of Fort Monroe (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the National Park Service)
Aerial view of Fort Monroe (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the National Park Service)

FORT MONROE — James City County Parks and Recreation is leading a tour of historic Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort.

The trip costs $20 and is open to those 16 years and older. The deadline to register for the event is March 23. You can register on the county’s website here.

The fort started it’s storied history as the entrance point for the first Africans to enter into North American English colonies in 1619.

Old Point Comfort at Fort Monroe also served as a critical defensive site at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay for at least four centuries. English colonists built forts at the site in the early 17th century, and subsequent forts saw military action in the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Until 2011, Fort Monroe served as the US Army’s Headquarters for Training and Doctrine Command.

The tour group will meet at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. and return by 3 p.m., according to the county’s website.

The registration fee covers transportation and admission costs. Those who attend can pack their own lunch, or buy a meal from a local eatery.

For more information, call 757-259-5355.


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