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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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  • Ticket Extras! Things to do this weekend and beyond

    Ticket Extras! Things to do this weekend and beyond
    Every Friday in Ticket, the Daily Press offers suggestions on things to do over the weekend and upcoming events to plan for. There are often lots more that won't fit into the print sections. So look here for Ticket Extras! online each Friday. This is a...
  • Theodore Roosevelt comes to Hampton Roads

    Theodore Roosevelt comes to Hampton Roads
    When President Theodore Roosevelt came to Hampton Roads on May 30, 1906, it wasn't the energetic commander-in-chief's first visit. Nine years earlier he'd made the trip down from Washington, D.C. to witness a naval review as the Asst. Secretary of the...
  • Living Here: Famous people, places & things

    Living Here:  Famous people, places & things
    Famous people, places & things People, places and things that make Hampton Roads famous: Presidents, celebrities and more Hampton Roads is known around the world for its people — as being from here, as a come-here, or for just passing through...
  • Living Here: Hampton

    Living Here: Hampton
    Hampton a community is where the Chesapeake Bay meets more than 400 years of military, English and African history. This community intertwines entertainment, shopping, aerospace and its storied past making it an eclectic place to live, work and play....
  • 'Jersey Boys' heads up Ferguson's four-musical lineup for 2014-2015

    The popular musical "Jersey Boys" will head up a four-show lineup coming to the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News during the 2014-2015 season. Subscriptions are now on sale. The rest of the lineup includes "Jekyll & Hyde," opening the season...
  • Living Here: Museums and historic sites

    Living Here: Museums and historic sites
    Museums and sites can help you track the story of our region. From the earliest settlers to the space explorers, Hampton Roads museums tell a continuous story of the importance of our area. History museums 1. Air Power Park. Vintage military jets,...
  • Living Here: Fishing

    Living Here: Fishing
    With its many waterways, Hampton Roads is a dream for fishing enthusiasts. Fishing can be done from piers, shorelines and by boat, with plenty of saltwater and freshwater options. It is important to know the licensing rules and fishing regulations...
  • Civil War: Huge Union fleet filled Hampton Roads for May 1864 strike up the James

    Civil War: Huge Union fleet filled Hampton Roads for May 1864 strike up the James
    No one watching the Union fleet in Hampton Roads in late April 1864 could have failed to notice when it began to swell to historic proportions. Stretching out nearly 10 miles, the giant collection of transports, auxiliary vessels, barges and warships...
  • Win tickets! Bodacious Bazaar returns to Hampton in new location

    Win tickets! Bodacious Bazaar returns to Hampton in new location
    The Bodacious Bazaar, one of the Peninsula’s largest shopping events, will return for its spring festival Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4 in a new location. More than 200 artists, crafters and vendors will gather at Fort Monroe to showcase...
  • The Army of the James drives toward Richmond

    Three weeks after taking command of the Union army on March 10, 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant boarded a steamer in Northern Virginia and headed toward Fort Monroe for what he hoped would be a landmark step in winning the Civil War. Arriving early on...
  • The Union fleet fills Hampton Roads

    No one watching the Union fleet in Hampton Roads in late April 1864 could have failed to notice when it began to swell to historic proportions. Stretching out nearly 10 miles, the giant collection of warships, transports, auxiliary vessels and barges...