Friday, July 8, 2011

Public Meetings Concerning Fort Monroe National Park

The National Parks Conservation Association is urging Hampton Roads residents to attend either of two public meetings on July 19 at 2 pm and 6:30 pm at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

At stake is the future of Fort Monroe, one of Hampton Roads most well known historic landmarks. Built in the 1800’s, Fort Monroe was dubbed “Freedom’s Fortress” when thousands of enslaved people sought refuge there during the Civil War.

The site includes more than two miles of undeveloped Chesapeake Bay shoreline that could be enjoyed for boating, birding and other outdoor recreation.

In September, the U.S. Army will leave the Fort due to base closures, giving the United States a rare opportunity to make Fort Monroe a national park site.

The NPCA urged residents to attend one or more public meetings concerning the future of the historic site: "We urge Virginia residents to join us to discuss the future of America’s next great urban national park.”

source: National Parks Conservation Association

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