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August 20, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Casemate Museum Open, featuring new Contraband Exhibit and storyteller in the Courtyard reading “Under the Freedom Tree” and “Henry’s Freedom Box.”
The Casemate Museum chronicles the history of the fort and the Coast Artillery Corps. During the Civil War, more than 6,000 enslaved men, women and children escaped to Union-held Fort Monroe, earning it the nickname, “Freedom’s Fortress.” Highlights include the quarters where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned with special exhibit of the cell door. Additional Fort Monroe sites to note are Quarter’s Number One, Old Point Comfort Light, Chapel of the Centurion and Lt. Robert E. Lee’s quarters.
Admission is free for self guided tours.