Fort Monroe Spouses' and Civilians' Club hosts historic home tour
April 20, 2010
- Fort Monroe Tour of Homes scheduled for May 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Self-guided tour allows visitors to look at historical architectural styles often from the 1800s and early 1900s.
- Many homes have two-story columns, wraparound porches, porticos and hand-made woodwork.
- Gen. Robert E. Lee, Edgar Allen Poe and Abraham Lincoln have been Fort Monroe residents.
FORT MONROE, Va. (Apr. 20, 2010) - The Fort Monroe Spouses' and Civilians' Club is pleased to invite the public to tour some of the majestic historic homes and churches on one of the oldest Army posts in the country.
The Tour of Homes will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 2010 and may be the last home tour before the post closes in 2011. A donation for each visitor will help fund the Fort Monroe Spouses' and Civilians' Club's Welfare and Scholarship fund.
The self-guided tour will allow visitors a rare glimpse into a variety of very well preserved historical architectural styles as well as the history associated with each home.
As a new addition this year, both St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic church on the Peninsula, and Chapel of the Centurion, the oldest wooden chapel in the Army, will be open for the tour.
Many of the homes on the tour are more than 100 years old and feature classic architectural details such as two-story columns, balconies, wraparound porches and porticos as well as intricate woodwork. The various architectural styles of the homes on post including Federalist, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Classic Revival and Italian Renaissance Revival reflect the long and storied history of Fort Monroe.
Visitors will be able to view some of the homes that housed Fort Monroe's most famous historical figures including Gen. Robert E. Lee, author Edgar Allen Poe, President Abraham Lincoln and confederate President Jefferson Davis.
The tour will allow guests not only to explore Fort Monroe's past, but its future as well. The Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority will host an open house which will include a short film about the closing of the installation and the future of Fort Monroe.
The Chamberlin, located on post, will be open for brunch before the tour. For reservations, please call 757-637-7200.
<b>About the Fort Monroe Spouses' and Civilians' Club</b>
The Fort Monroe Spouses' and Civilians' Club is a private organization of community members dedicated to the enhancement of Fort Monroe and its surrounding neighborhoods.