Even though I have lived in this region since 1994, it wasn’t until 2004 I visited Fort Monroe. I had no idea this “jewel” of Hampton Roads existed. We were transferring our son to Saint Mary Star of the Sea School just outside this former Army post and needed to find a church.
When I drove on the Post from across the small bridge, it was like being on an island enclave. Saint Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and the incredible beauty and simplicity inside especially with the stained-glass windows creates amazing reflections when attending Mass. Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church , the ninth oldest parish in the Diocese of Richmond and the oldest Catholic parish on the Peninsula, holds a unique distinction: Prior to the base closure a few years ago, it was the only diocesan church in the nation located on a military installation, and its upkeep is funded solely by parishioner contributions.
There is so much history on this post from the imprisonment of Jefferson Davis in what is now the Casemate Museum to the quarters of General Robert Lee to the ghosts which are known to roam the buildings. Did you know: “Completed in 1834, Fort Monroe was originally designed to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from an enemy attack and is the largest stone fort in America.” via http://www.fmauthority.com
It is a true family destination from history at the Casemate Museum, to take in the beauty of the Chamberlin, attend outdoor concerts overlooking the water at Centennial Park, fishing at the pier, enjoying the beautiful cove beaches on the Chesapeake Bay with calm waters, the Point Comfort Lighthouse, great food at The Deadrise Restaurant to watch a sunset at the Marina or at Paradise Beach Club with its pool, beach and weekend live entertainment, to sailing/boating at Old Point Marina, walking/running/biking along the seawall, the RV/Campgrounds and the YMCA all in one destination !
I encourage you to take a little time to “enjoy the view” from Fort Monroe!