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The trick is going on a special weekend. We recently went to a reenactment of the War of 1812... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2017
Portsmouth, Virginia
Interesting piece of local history

This fort is from the early 1800s and was used in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. It is now on... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2016
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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801 Front St, Norfolk, VA 23510-1011
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

We tried to see it on a Sunday about 9:30, as the Corps of Engineers website says "open to the public for free, unguided tours 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday." However, the guard on duty at the gate said there was no...More

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Reviewed October 26, 2017

I visited Norfolk and had no idea it was such a historically rich place. I went here and was just amazed at what I saw. Must have been my lucky day as when I arrived there was no one around so the guide gave us...More

3  Thank Joel M
Reviewed August 13, 2017

If you are at all a history buff of the War of 1812 or Civil War, you will find the Sunday guided tour well worth the effort. Be sure to call the Norfolk Historical Society at 757-640-1720 to find out when the next guided tour...More

4  Thank Robert P
Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

The self guided tour is not worth it because there really are no explanations of anything. You are given a map by the security guard, but it still doesn't tell you much about anything that you are looking at. We were here for about 5...More

1  Thank TravelKat21
Reviewed June 25, 2017

The trick is going on a special weekend. We recently went to a reenactment of the War of 1812, battle of Craney Island. The reenactors stole the show. They were informative and interesting. We spent several hours. I can imagine a brief visit if only...More

1  Thank JayB1r
Reviewed October 7, 2016

Although the history of the fort might well be of interest, at this point visiting it is very disappointing. You can't go into any building. When you view the outside and walk around, there is ONE marker with informational text. There are several other signs...More

1  Thank bus_visitor
Reviewed August 9, 2016

This fort is from the early 1800s and was used in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. It is now on the property of the Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk, VA and is limited to being open on Sundays in the summer....More

2  Thank globaltrekster
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Tucked away by the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters is a wonderful historical treasure. Fort Norfolk as been part of the waterfront since the founding of Norfolk and it is definitely worth a visit. While small, it certainly has a tremendous story to tell!!!

2  Thank JimCarroll3
Reviewed June 6, 2016

I have been here twice for tours. First- remember an id cause it's within a secure area run by the Corp of Engineers. The history of the site is interesting and if there is a tour guide there when you are it's worth listening to...More

3  Thank FredFStone
Reviewed February 9, 2016

I spent much time in Norfolk before I discovered this place. Historic fortress on the waterfront dating to 1810. Several nineteenth century buildings, site was a prisoner of war camp and an important location during the Battle of Hampton Roads in 1862. Has a very...More

5  Thank 757KJH1992
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