Daily Archives: April 15, 2014

Sunday’s Adventure – Ft. Monroe

Sunday was a gorgeous day in our neck of the woods. After lunch, our adventure with Motor Man’s mom was a ride through Ft. Monroe in Hampton.

The view of the Chesapeake Bay from the seawall:

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Ft. Monroe was an army installation until it was decommissioned in 2011.  You may read more about it,  including its interesting history, by clicking on this link.

Although the stone fort (the largest in the United States) was built in 1834, the Colonists actually built a fort at this location in the early 1600’s to protect Jamestown. The stone fort is surrounded by a moat.

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There are nearly 200 historic properties on Ft. Monroe, including Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, built in 1802.

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And this gun battery. The historic marker states that this is: “a typical seacoast gun battery from the period 1892-1946”. (Motor Man’s mom said it looked like a prison. We agreed.)

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Also located on Ft. Monroe is the beautiful Hotel Chamberlain (1920), now home to a senior retirement community.

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After our drive around the fort, we stopped at a nearby greenhouse/nursery, where I took this sweet picture of Motor Man and his mom.

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Another successful Sunday adventure in the books.

~These Days Of Mine~