I am excited to announce the inaugural planning effort for Fort Monroe National Monument following its addition to the national park system by presidential proclamation last November. In Hampton, Virginia, Fort Monroe, on Old Point Comfort, has a long and rich history. This area was occupied by American Indians for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans when it was named “Pointe Comfort” by Captain John Smith in 1607 when the first English colonists came to America. The first enslaved Africans in England’s colonies in America were brought to this peninsula on a ship flying the Dutch flag in 1619, beginning a long ignoble period of slavery in the colonies and, later, this nation. Two hundred and forty-two years later, Fort Monroe became a place of refuge for those later generations escaping enslavement. It has served as a bastion of the nation’s defense over multiple centuries and is home to diverse natural resources, including ancient trees and beaches, and a variety of recreational opportunities. It is a vital part of the Chesapeake’s natural and cultural landscape.
This spring, a National Park Service planning team is beginning work on the first planning effort for the national monument-the development of a Foundation Document. This planning phase will help further identify what is most important about the monument.
Your voice is important. I welcome your input as we build the foundation on which the park will be developed. You are invited to play a role in charting the park’s future by sharing your thoughts at one of the upcoming open house events (see below). If you are not able to join us at one of the open house events, you can still contribute by submitting your comments online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=46507 or by mailing your comments to the address below.
I appreciate your continued interest in Fort Monroe National Monument and look forward to working with you as we chart its future.
Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, Superintendent
Fort Monroe National Monument
What is a Foundation Document?
- describes the monument’s core mission and most important resources
- focuses efforts on protecting its most important resources and values
- serves as the underlying guidance for all management and planning decisions
- it is NOT a decision-making document and does not include management actions or strategies.
How to be involved
1) Attend an open house event listed below, or
Location: The Chamberlin, 2 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA 23651
Date: April 30, 2012
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 EST or 7:00 – 9:00 EST
2) Mail a letter to the address below, or
National Park Service, Denver Service Center
Fort Monroe NM Planning Team
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO 80225-0287
3) Share your comments online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/FOMR-1
1) What is most important about Fort Monroe National Monument?
2) What are the greatest threats to Fort Monroe National Monument?
3) How have you used Fort Monroe in the past? What uses would you like to see at Fort Monroe?
4) What should the American people know about Fort Monroe? What are its most important stories?
Answer online by visiting
Public Open House Events
Thank you for your interest in Fort Monroe National Monument! We look forward to hearing from you.