Does stone absorb memories? Ask anyone who lives near a castle.
Many times the residue of misdeeds and human drama are
upon the stone face, making it possible to playback visions of the
what we know as hauntings. Such is the case for Ft. Monroe,
where the infamous and the innocent are found. This moated
heptagonal stone fort faces the Chesapeake Bay on three sides, the
making escape remote and the isolation of its prisoners complete.
It’s lonely casemates held one of the most illustrious prisoners of the
Civil War, the President of the Confederate States, Jefferson
Brought here in shackles after the war, Davis slowly grew weak within
walls. His wife, Varina, followed him here and pleaded to have
removed from the cell to a private apartment to die in peace.
of their ghosts can be found at Ft. Monroe still, Davis in his cell and
Varina is sometimes found gazing from a bedroom window
What’s a good haunting without a good love story?
or the “Light Lady,” was murdered by her husband on Matthew Lane within
the fort. While meeting her French lover, Camille’s secret was
by her much older husband. Hot-blooded and fast-acting, Camille’s
husband shot at the pair, intending to wound the man but killing his
instead. The Frenchman ran off and Camille now wanders “Ghost
and a nearby copse of oak trees searching for her lover in vain.
She has been seen many times since the Civil War as a radiant mist in
form of a woman. Children have also found a home within these
serious illness was a fact of life in the early days of our nation, and
many children did not live to see their tenth birthdays. Their
spirits are often trapped within the walls that sheltered them in life,
as they unknowingly continue their journey after death. Two small
boys have been reported at the fort, one in the upstairs of an old
next to the moat wall and the other in the basement of an enlisted
home. The latter child sometimes seeks out other children to play
with when they visit the house, ghosts get lonely too…