Fort Monroe, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Monroe History
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Safety is our top priority at Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe History
Fort Monroe, decommissioned in 2011, provided coastal defense to the Chesapeake Bay and served as an artillery school for the Army from the early 1800s through the end of World War ll. During that time, the Army fired unknown numbers of cannonballs, Parrott rounds and other ammunition from the Fort and built mines for use in the harbor. Discarded military munitions, including explosives and potentially dangerous artillery components, likely remain throughout the site and adjacent offshore areas.
If you see something suspicious on the ground, it may be munitions. Picking up munitions or metal scrap can result in injury. If you encounter anything suspicious, remember the 3 R's:
Munitions are dangerous!
Do not touch or disturb!
Note location and call 911
Fort Monroe is a National Historic Monument. For your safety and to protect cultural resources, the use of metal detectors is prohibited by federal and state law.
For more information, contact the Fort Monroe Authority at 757-637-7778
4-Inch Solid Shot Cannonball
Cannon and Cannonball
Erected by Fort Monroe Authority.
Location. 37° 0.065′ N, 76° 18.446′ W. Marker is in Fort Monroe, Virginia. Marker is on Fenwick Road east of Engineer Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Monroe Seawall History (here, next to this marker); Engineer Wharf (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Seawall History (a few steps from this marker); First Africans in Virginia (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); a different marker also named First Africans in Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Point Comfort Light (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lantaka (about 500 feet away); Spanish 1-½ Pounder (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 30, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.