There is a new national park in town, thanks to President Obama. Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia finally made the cut as a National Park on November 1st, making it the 396th park in the US system and the first during Obama’s presidency.
The new national park, named after U.S. President James Monroe, is historical as well as beautiful. Located at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Fort Hampton played a pivotal role in the South’s African slave trade. It was both the original dock for slave traders in Virginia, as well as the location of the “Freedom Fortress” – a point of escape for over 10,000 African American slaves during the Civil War.
It also had some very famous residents – Edgar Allen Poe was posted at Fort Monroe, where he wrote his renowned poem “Annabel Lee” in 1849 and Harriet Tubman worked in a hospital here during the Civil War.
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Fort Monroe is not only recognized as the largest stone fort built ever in the United States, but also remains as the only active moat-encircled fort.