Completed in 1834, Fort Monroe was originally designed to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from an enemy attack. It is the largest stone fort in America, as well as the only one surrounded by a moat. The fort is open to the public. Admission is free at the Casemate Museum.
Within the fort is the Casemate Museum, which chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe and features Jefferson Davis's prison cell, highlights Major General Benjamin Butler's Contraband of War decision that granted refuge to three escaped slaves, tells the history of the US Army Coast Artillery Corps.
Hours of Operation are Tuesday - Sunday 10:30 am -- 4:30 pm.
Museum is closed on Mondays (except Memorial Day and Labor Day) and Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.