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Old 11-01-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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I was planning to take time out of an epic local move to contribute a big 'WOO HOO!!!' to the lively discussion about Fort Monroe's being designated a national monument I was sure I'd find here... but it looks like I'll have to be the one to start said discussion. I've never actually been *to* the Hampton Roads area (*through*, yes, but I don't think that counts) - I'm a reluctant Northern Virginia-dweller who has far less time than she'd like to explore the rest of the state - but I was very excited to hear about this, anyway:

Obama signs proclamation designating shuttered Fort Monroe in Virginia a national monument - The Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/obama-to-sign-proclamation-designating-shuttered-fort-monroe-in-virginia-a-national-monument/2011/11/01/gIQA3z2EcM_story.html - broken link)
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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My husband and I stayed at the billeting in Fort Monroe once. Beautiful old homes and views. So glad much of it will be protected now!
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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I think it is awesome, there is a lot of history there!
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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And the National Park Service wastes no time. Here's the official Fort Monroe National Monument website: Fort Monroe National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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I walked my dog there about 3 weeks ago and it's eerie how empty it is now. But it has alot of charm and potential. It's weird that there are a few people still living in the houses facing the water. Those houses look like they're 1 hurricane away from being blown to pieces.

Hopefully Ft Monroe will revive Hampton from the ghetto label it has gained in the past decade
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I grew up in Hampton. My mother worked at Ft. Monroe for awhile and my dad and I loved to fish there. The base unlike a lot of Army bases was actually decent looking. I'm very glad that they making it a monument to try and protect it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:55 PM
 
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My family lived in one of the huge houses on Fort Monroe from 1986 - 1989. My dad was an army chaplain (colonel). I'm so glad to hear that the base is going to be a national monument. It is one of the prettiest places we lived.
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