A couple weeks ago I went to Norfolk to visit the sailor. One night after a long work day for both of us (I’ve got a quasi-office set up there so I can take more time away from the office here), we wanted to go for a walk. We decided to go check out Fort Monroe, a historic army base that was recently closed and turned back over to the City of Hampton, VA.
It was actually a little eerie since it had only been turned over to the city about 8 days before we were there, so they haven’t had a chance to do much with it yet. They are petitioning to get a large portion of the former base on the historic register, and then will brainstorm what to do with the rest.
Its a gorgeous setting, on a thin peninsula out from the Virginia mainland, so its surrounded on 3 sides by water.
I didn’t get a great shot of it, but the original fort sits within a moat at the center of the base (until recently the only moat-encircled fort in active duty – RAD!). There is a ton of history at this location – it was originally settled over 400 years ago! [photo above is erik checking out one of the many info stations along the promenade] I’m excited to come back and explore some more when we have a little more daylight to take advantage of.
The lighthouse is beautiful, although its situated next to a private residence (probably a former officer), so there is signage keeping you from getting too close. Boo.
Here is a shot of us along the waterfront for those of you who ask for photos of Erik and I. We both look tired from a long Monday so its not the greatest shot, but it was super great to get out for a stroll, especially since this ended up being pretty much the only nice day on my trip.