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Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, started as a defense for Jamestown in 1609 under the name Fort Algernourne. Later, the fort became a strategic post for the Union during the Civil War. During that war, Fort Monroe became refuge to as many as 10,000 escaped slaves seeking protection in the Union-controlled site. Today, Monroe is home to the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, but is scheduled to close in 2011 as part of the military's Base Realignment and Closure plan. Since that announcement was made two years ago, there has been debate about whether it should be handed over for private development or turned into a national park. Show more
Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, started as a defense for Jamestown in 1609 under the name Fort Algernourne. Later, the fort became a strategic post for the Union during the Civil War. During that war, Fort Monroe became refuge to as many as 10,000 escaped slaves seeking protection in the Union-controlled site. Today, Monroe is home to the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, or TRADOC, but is scheduled to close in 2011 as part of the military's Base Realignment and Closure plan. Since that announcement was made two years ago, there has been debate about whether it should be handed over for private development or turned into a national park. Show more « Show less

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  • General Assembly makes first move to speed funds for Hampton veteran care center

    One of the first bills on the next General Assembly's to-do list will be funding for a long-delayed Veterans Care Center in Hampton, as well as a similar center in Northern Virginia.
  • DP Buzz: College alternatives

    Editor's note: "DP Buzz" is an interactive feature of the Daily Press Opinion Page. We email weekly questions on issues and topics affecting Peninsula-area citizens. Each week, subscribers can choose whether to weigh in or not with a short answer. Here is...

    Why all the orange fences in the city?

    They've sprouted along Mallory Street in Hampton and again in Buckroe and along Kecoughtan Road, often times around empty lots or near construction projects. The city has erected thigh-high orange fences on sporadic properties throughout the city. They'...

    5 Peninsula beaches perfect for D.C. daytrippers

    A story on the website of the Washington Post tells readers that there are five beaches they can enjoy without having to brave the dreaded Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. In "Skip the boardwalk, tunnels: 5 Virginia beaches you've never heard of," by Jane...

    Ward, governor's fellows take educational boat tour of James River

    Ward, governor's fellows take educational boat tour of James River
    Hampton Roads looks different from a boat, and state Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward pressed that point home to 25 governor's fellows Wednesday morning on an educational tour of the James River. A former mayor of Hampton, Ward said she...