Who We Are

Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park (CFMNP) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization dedicated to preserving historic Army post Fort Monroe for the enlightenment and enjoyment of the public.  Although President Obama designated about half of Fort Monroe a National Monument in November 2011, and the National Parks Service now oversees these areas, CFMNP continues to advocate for the optimal public use of the historic village and open space remaining in Virginia’s possession.

Our board members are broadly representative of the Hampton Roads region.  They reside in Hampton, Norfolk, Yorktown, Newport News, and Williamsburg.  A number of them have long histories of involvement with preservation and conservation organizations. 

Our advisory board members live both within and outside the region. They include former commanders of Fort Monroe, descendants of a president and two prominent Civil War figures, an author who is also a “Contraband” descendant, an historian, and the retired superintendent of the Colonial National Historical Park.

We also have an extensive e-mail list of supporters. 

CFMNP Board of Directors and Officers

Philip Adderley, Vice President CFMNP
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Yorktown, Virginia

Joanne Berkley
Founder, Norfolk Preservation Alliance
Trustee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Norfolk, Virginia

Dr. H. Scott Butler
Prof. of English Literature (Ret.), TNCC
Blacksburg, Virginia

Susan Butler
Prof. of English Literature (Ret.), TNCC
Blacksburg, Virginia

J. Michael Cobb
Retired Curator, Hampton History Museum

Billie Paxton Einselen
Paxton Press: Writer, Editor, Publisher
Hampton, Virginia

Samuel R. Martin
AICP

Karen Perreault, Secretary CFMNP
Norfolk, Virginia

Mark D. Perreault, President CFMNP
Former President, Norfolk Preservation Alliance
Norfolk, Virginia

Adrian Whitcomb, Vice President, Communications CFMNP
President, Citizens for Riverview Farm Park
Teacher, Writer, Photographer, Webmaster, Civic Advocate
Newport News, Virginia

Dr. William B. Wiggins
Historian and Scholar
Hampton, Virginia

Jane Yerkes
Founding trustee and past president of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia
Former member of several preservation review boards
2011 recipient of the Katherine Glaize Rockwood Award for 30 years of contributions to historic preservation.
Williamsburg, Virginia

Deceased, and sorely missed, members:

Louis L. Guy,
Former President, Norfolk Historical Society
Norfolk, Virginia

Gerri L. Hollins, Vice President CFMNP
Founder of Contraband Historical Society

Dr. Henry O. Malone, Jr., first President CFMNP
History Consultant
Ret. TRADOC Chief Historian

Monika Malone
Foreign Language Instructor, TNCC
Longtime friend of Fort Monroe
Hampton, Virginia

Dorothy Rouse-Bottom
Former editor and owner of Hampton Roads Daily Press
Eminent local historian
Hampton History Museum Foundation

Betty Harper Wyatt
Member, Preservation Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia

Board member emeritus:

Dr. James T. Stensvaag.
TRADOC Chief Historian (Ret. 2006)

CFMNP Advisory Board 

Col Perry Almendinger, USA, Ret.
Newport News, Virginia

Bertram Hayes-Davis
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Thulani Davis
Author and descendant of Contraband and Fort Monroe lighthouse keeper William Roscoe Davis
Bloomfield, New Jersey

Cdr. Paul Galanti, USN. Ret.
Richmond, Virginia

Betty Hoey
Civic Leader
Newport News, Virginia

Robert E. Lee IV
Bethesda, Maryland

Col. Richard Mackin, USA, Ret.
Hampton, Virginia

Cassandra Newby-Alexander
Associate Professor of History, Norfolk State University
Chesapeake, Virginia

Wendy (Poppet) Nelson
Preservation Virginia Yorktown

Page-Nelson Society of Virginia
Yorktown, Virginia

Col. J.E.B. Stuart IV, USA, Ret.
Richmond, Virginia

Harrison Ruffin Tyler
Richmond, Virginia

Organizations that endorsed a Fort Monroe National Park

Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.
Buckroe Historical Society
Buckroe Improvement League
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Conservancy
Civil War TrustCoast Defense Study Group
Conservation Lands Foundation
Contraband Historical Society
Council on America’s Military Past (CAMP)
Friends of Fort Hill
James River Association
National Historic Landmark Stewards Association
National Parks Conservation Association
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Page-Nelson Society
Norfolk Historical Society
Norfolk Preservation Alliance
Old Wythe Neighborhood Association
Preservation Virginia
Preservation Virginia Colonial Capital Branch
Preservation Virginia Yorktown Branch
Sierra Club of Virginia
Sierra Club York River Group
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
The Conservation Fund
The Trust for Public Land
The Wilderness Society
Virginia Association for Parks
Virginia Conservation Network
Virginia Coastal Access Now (VCAN)
Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable
Windsurfing Enthusiasts of Tidewater

Organizations that actively worked with CFMNP to create a Fort Monroe National Park

Civil War Preservation Trust
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Conservancy
National Parks Conservation Association
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation Virginia
Trust for Public Land

CFMNP Supporters

CFMNP has tried to serve as the voice for the many citizens in the region and elsewhere who have supported the idea of a national park and a grand public place at Fort Monroe with their letters to newspapers and public officials, their participation in discussions of Fort Monroe sponsored by the state, the Army, and the federal government, and their financial contributions to CFMNP.   We are especially grateful to the 7,000 Hampton voters who signed a petition to revise Hampton’s existing policy toward reuse of Fort Monroe, which was directed to industrial, social and other economic development.  The petition embraced a higher vision directed toward public ownership and management of Fort Monroe as a grand public place for the American people, financial sustainability, avoidance of local tax burden and a continuing federal role and support, including pursuit of a national park, perhaps in partnership with a public trust.  CFMNP board member and Hampton resident Monika Malone presented the 7000 signatures to National Park Service officials at an NPS public meeting on July 19, 2011.

Special thanks, also, to retired Delegate Tom Gear, who supported the goals of CFMNP from the very beginning.

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Please see excerpt from Preservation Virginia press release and Winchester Star article below.

Press Release
Preservation Virginia Announces 2011 Historic Preservation Awards
Monday, September 26 2011

The Katherine Glaize Rockwood Award
Jane Yerkes
Preservation Virginia recognized Jane Yerkes for her body of work, including more than thirty years, that has made a significant contribution to historic preservation in Virginia.

About Preservation Virginia

In pursuing Preservation Virginia’s mission to preserve, promote and serve as an advocate for Virginia’s irreplaceable historic places for cultural, economic and educational benefits of everyone, Preservation Virginia offers two major programs annually that address preservation needs and accomplishments.

The Endangered Historic Sites Program: a program whose goal is to raise awareness of and build support for threatened historic, archaeological, and cultural resources as well as The Preservation Awards Program, a program that honors successful preservation efforts in various categories. Preservation Virginia announces the Preservation Awards each fall at its annual Preservation Conference in honor of the previous year’s accomplishments and the annual List of Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Sites is announced in May in honor of National Preservation Month.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia’s cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations. Preservation Virginia provides leadership, experience, influence, and services to the public and special audiences by saving, managing, and protecting historic places, and developing preservation policy, programs, and strategies with individuals, organizations, and local, state, and national partners. To learn more visit www.preservationvirginia.org.

http://preservationvirginia.org/PressRoom/PressRelease.php?id=206