How Big Is Fort Monroe?
Very big… Fort Monroe is a giant among forts—the largest masonry fort ever built in the United States. The main fortification covers 63 acres and the walls stretch 1.3 miles around it. The fort is so big that it took 15 years to build the cost nearly two million dollars.
Take A Look
Compare the size of Fort Monroe with five other US forts built around the same time. Note that the next largest fort is less than a third the size of Fort Monroe.
Fort Monroe, Virginia
Size: 63 acres,
Built ca 1819
Building Materials: granite and brick
Fort Adams, Rhode Island
Size: 20 acres, Built ca 1825
Building materials: granite, shale, and brick
Fort McHenry, Maryland
Size: 2 acres, Built ca 1796
Building materials: earth and brick
Fort Pulaski, Georgia
Size: 2 acres, Built ca 1829
Building materials: bricks, granite, and sandstone
Fort Wool, Virginia
Size: 15 acres, Built ca 1819
Building materials: granite and brick
Fort Sumter, South Carolina
Size: 2.4 acres, Built ca 1829
The Parade Ground, the open space in the center of Fort Monroe, covers four acres. It was used for drills, ceremonies, and recreation.
Erected by Fort Monroe Authority; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
Location. 37° 0.134′ N, 76° 18.644′ W. Marker is in Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Ingalls Road just north of Fenwick Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Ingalls Rd, Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Who Built Fort Monroe? (here, next to this marker); Fort Monroe's Arc Of Freedom (a few steps from this marker); Why A Moat? (a few steps from this marker); A Bay Worth Preserving (a few steps from this marker); Enormous Undertaking: The Fort's Construction (a few steps from this marker); Why Was The Fort Built Here? (a few steps from this marker); Wisser Hall: From Books To War Games (within shouting distance of this marker); Hurricane Isabel (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.