For Your Information
Safety is our top priority at Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe History
Fort Monroe, decommissioned in 2011, provided coastal defense to the Chesapeake Bay and served as an artillery school for the Army from the early 1800s through the end of World War ll. During that time, the Army fired unknown numbers of cannonballs, Parrott rounds and other ammunition from the Fort and built mines for use in the harbor. Discarded military munitions, including explosives and potentially dangerous artillery components, likely remain throughout the site and adjacent offshore areas.
If you see something suspicious on the ground, it may be munitions. Picking up munitions or metal scrap can result in injury. If you encounter anything suspicious, remember the 3 R's:
Munitions are dangerous!
Do not touch or disturb!
Note location and call 911
Fort Monroe is a National Historic Monument. For your safety and to protect cultural resources, the use of metal detectors is prohibited by federal and state law.
For more information, contact the Fort Monroe Authority at 757-637-7778
4-Inch Solid Shot Cannonball
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