Fort Monroe Authority

a CILC Content Provider

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Fort Monroe,
overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, has witnessed some of the nation’s most diverse
and intricate historic events spanning the American story – from the Kecoughtan
Indigenous peoples, arrival of English colonists in 1607 and 1609, the landing
of the first Africans to the Virginia Colony in English North America in 1619,
the of building the largest stone fort in the United States begun in 1819,
where it became a safe haven for freedom seekers during the Civil War after the
Contraband Decision of 1861, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake
Bay through the 21st Century. The history of Fort Monroe holds stunning achievements
and tremendous costs in the continuing struggle of Americans to achieve, define,
and maintain the ideals of freedom.


Programs by Fort Monroe Authority

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Building Fort Monroe

Who built the largest masonry fort in the United States? What designs have helped it stand the test of time for over 200 years? Learn the answers to these questions and more through historic documents and voices from the past.


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The Incredible Life of John B. Jones

Follow the amazing journey of John B. Jones, born into slavery, who sought his way to freedom and served the nation and the community. His story is discovered through original sources providing a glimpse into his life as a sailor, musician in...


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What is Freedom?

What is freedom? Is there a single definition that fits everyone throughout history? Discover the narratives of individuals in the history of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort, from the first landing of Africans in 1619, the Contraband Decision of...


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Jessica Meadows
20 Ingalls Rd
Fort Monroe Virginia 23651
United States

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Fort Monroe Authority cover:

Language Arts/English
Social Studies/History

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

"The entire program was amazing, how it was detailed to fit the curriculum."

"Fort Monroe is such a valuable primary source for our students."