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Fort Monroe Land Transfer

Published: August 21, 2015

On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Commonwealth of Virginia will officially deed the state's portion of the land that makes up Fort Monroe National Monument to the National Park Service. The event coincides with Founder's Day when the National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate the 99th anniversary. A formal ceremony to mark the land transfer is scheduled for 10 am Tuesday at the Sallie Port entrance of Fort Monroe.

"The city is happy to see the formal and legal actions finalized that have been agreed to by all parties, and we are excited to see the official Park Service ownership of the historic parade ground and key buildings." remarked Hampton Mayor George Wallace.

The Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service have been working together to ensure a seamless transition in the area, which also includes the Paradise Ocean Club area and the RV park.

The northernmost beach area is not included in the land transfer. The area commonly known as "Dog Beach" is expected to be transferred from the Army directly to the Park Service after environmental issues are settled.

source: City of Hampton Virginia