They say that Fort Monroe in Hampton Virginia is one of the most haunted places in the state of Virginia. From the ghost of Abraham Lincoln to the
ghost of a cat a young girl, a lady (or not a lady depending on how you view her behavior.) wearing a white nightgown to Jefferson Davis and Edgar
Allen Poe the place is supposed to be rife with ectoplasmic personalities.
Fort Monroe is at the southern tip of the Chesapeake bay. There has been some form of fortification on the sight since the 1600s when this land
was first settled by Europeans.
Originally named Point Comfort because settlers could be assured of their safety with a wide and far view of any approaching ships the land has
provided a good look out for over four hundred years.
I am lucky enough to live very near this sight. Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown make up the historic triangle and so I am virtually
surrounded by and steeped in historic venues.
Lucky also I have always loved history. So many stories of our ancestors and their strengths and courage to forge this nation and most of them
took place in my back yard.
There are many stories of ghosts and other paranormal activities taking place in these historic locations.
Because Fort Monroe is really close to me I decided yesterday to go on a ghost hunt at the sight. We go to the beach on the fort a few times a
week during the hot weather. It's almost if I wasn't so lazy, walking distance from my house. It takes three minutes by car.
Before I went I looked at a few sites about ghosts at the fort
Armed with some info I asked my husband if he wanted to go for a walk around the fort with me.
He said sure and off we went.
The fort proper is surrounded by a moat but there are many many buildings on the land outside of the moat area. We started our adventure at the
north gate crossing the moat by bridge.
We headed south planning on walking around the fortifications built along the moat which consists of a six sided casemate structure of arches of brick
and mortar. Built on sand the arches have kept the heavy buildings from shifting or settling since this part of the fort was constructed in the mid
nineteenth century. The old brick structures are a marvel to see.
On top of the ramparts in one section residents of the fort have dedicated a section as a pet cemetery. Going back to the 1920s there are grave
markers every few feet along the wall on top of the ramparts. Dogs, cats rabbits and even a few horses have been buried here.
There is a story about a ghost of a cat that roams the property and I wondered if the kitty could be found in this area. I started with the
spsss,spsss sound of calling a kitty and saying here kitty kitty but the cat was too shy I guess. No ghostly cat showed up.
Following the ramparts around the fort brought us to the main gate where another bridge crossed the moat leading to a tunnel beneath the ramparts.
This gate also once housed prisoners within two cells built into the walls. My son once saw a soldier sitting in one of the cells and when he,asked
about the man from a lady working a tour near by was told that there were no actors employed here as there are in Williamsburg and Jamestown. He was
also told the cells were empty and locked.
Knowing of his experience I looked for a cell but they were closed off with iron doors without windows and so I could not look in . Disappointment
number two for the day.
Following the ramparts again we came to the casemate museum www.fmauthority.com...
which contains the very cell that Jefferson Davis was locked
and shackled in. He did not die here but it is said his ghost roams the place as this was the location of his greatest embarrassment during his
lifetime. I called out loud if there are any spirits here please make yourself known.
Now comes the interesting part. The ceilings are all barell shaped as I explained the construction of the fortification was stacked arches with
vaulted passageways between rooms.
I looked at the ceiling outside Mr Davis' cell which have track lights in two rows. I saw little points of light darting quickly back and forth across
the ceiling. I said to my husband I wonder what causes that effect? He said what effect where in I pointed up and described the tiny points of light.
He shook his head and said I don't see that. I just looked at him like he was crazy and said stand here and look maybe it's just my angle on the view.
He did but still didn't see them meanwhile I was watching them dart back and forth and said I can't believe you don't see that. He said I don't see
anything. I walked around the room looking up at different angles and saw them from every vantage point. My husband didn't look at me like I was crazy
he believed I was seeing what I was describing.
Finally we moved on to the next room which had identical track lights along the ceiling and was the same exact barrel shape as the last and there were
no lights. I stepped back through the adjoining archway and saw two tiny specks of light dart across the ceiling. Where there were dozens a moment
before only two were now visable.
We toured the rest of the museum and then exited to continue around the ramparts to the next gate. This gate is across the street from the house
Lincoln stayed in and near y an area known as ghost alley. Here it is said can be,seen the lady in the nightgown who apparently became,friendly with
an officer while her husband was away. He returned unexpectedly and caught them in bed. They both ran from the house. The lover got away but the
husband caught his erring wife and shot her dead. She apparently roams the place looking for her dandy.
She didn't make an appearance despite my calling for her.
If you live nearby or plan a trip to this area ( we have Busch Gardens) I recommend touring the fort. Is is full of beautiful old buildings, lovely
private feeling beaches and great views of the Chesapeake bay.
What do you good people think I saw yesterday?
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