Fort Huger

Fort Huger Sign

On the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Huger is a strategic Civil War fort located on a bluff overlooking the James River. This fort, along with Fort Boykin, was established to block the approach by land and river to the Confederate Capital in Richmond. On May 8, 1862, Abraham Lincoln traveled south to Hampton Roads and ordered the first recorded assault on this fort by the Union ships the USS Naugatuck and the famed USS Monitor. Self-guided tours of the fort provide a view of the James River’s ghost fleet.

Fort Huger is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, Virginia Civil War Trails, Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network, Captain John Smith’s Trail: Lower Oyster Loop and Cornell eBird System.

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Fort Huger
15080 Talcott Terrace
Isle of Wight, Va. 23430
(757) 357-2291
Open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk
For guided tours of the site for groups, contact the Isle of Wight County Museum at 757-356-1223.

2020 Walking Tours

10 a.m. March 14, May 23, July 18 and September 26. Tours are free.

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