National Geographic : 1916 Apr
Photograph by George F.Adams A VIEW OF FORT MONROE AND OLD POINT COMFORT, VIRGINIA In no territory of like extent in the United States is more historical interest gathered than in that which borders Hampton Roads. Here was planted the first English colony in America; here was held the first gathering of the people's representatives tomake their own laws; here were erected the first fortifications in the English-speaking New World; here was fought the land battle thatterminated America's War ofIndependence and the naval battle that revolutionized the warfare of the sea. The first fortifications where Fort Monroe now stands were built 305 years ago, in 1611. Since that time, with short lapses, there has been some sort of a fortification always guarding the entrance toChesapeake Bay. Rich in history, balmy in climate, charming in prospect, the Old Point region has entertained its hundreds of thousands with Virginia hospitality.