Moat Entrance

2014 Annual Report

Fort Monroe Authority Mission

The Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia, created to preserve, protect, and manage Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort after the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) closure in September 2011. The Authority is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees.

From the Chairman and Executive Director


For more than 400 years, this spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay has been the site of historical events that have shaped our country. There have also been many periods of construction and development at Fort Monroe as the property has transitioned into new roles and uses. We are amid one of these periods again as the U.S. Army transfers ownership of Fort Monroe to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This means that we are legislatively mandated to fulfill three objectives: 1) preserve the property, 2) tell the history of Fort Monroe, and 3) move it towards economic sustainability.

Created by the General Assembly in 2010, the Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) is responsible for the planning and reuse of Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort. We are pleased to report that investments are already being made in the properties, buildings, and infrastructure. An estimated 100,000 people visit the property each year, and building leases, special events, and guided tours are bringing revenue growth.

Under the leadership of the 12-member Board of Trustees, and with assistance provided by the National Park Service, the City of Hampton, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, the FMA experienced significant successes in 2014. The Casemate Museum is now fully staffed and received more than 800 historic artifacts from the Army Center of Military History. All of the habitable historic homes have been rented and numerous commercial tenants now occupy the properties. Visitors to Fort Monroe enjoyed concerts, weddings, historic ceremonies, fireworks, ghost walks, and home tours.

The Fort Monroe Foundation is a charitable organization that provides grants toward these events through the generous contributions of donors, sponsors, and local giving campaigns. These grants provide the opportunity for people to learn the history of this property while also experiencing the attributes of its location on the Chesapeake Bay.

The FMA has adopted the slogan “Where Freedom Lives!” to describe this historic community. The slogan is inspired by the three slaves­—Frank Baker, Sheppard Mallory, and James Townsend—whose escape from Confederate forces to Fort Monroe paved the way for more than 10,000 slaves to seek their emancipation at Freedom’s Fortress.

We hope that our successes will inspire you to want to join us in our efforts. Volunteers are always welcome at Fort Monroe and donations to the Foundation are greatly appreciated. To learn more, please visit , or call our office for a visit or tour.

John R. Lawson II

G. Glenn Oder, ASLA
Executive Director, Fort Monroe Authority

2011-2014 Donors

We extend special thanks to all of our generous donors. We appreciate your partnering with us since we began this journey in 2011 and hope this will be a long-term relationship. Your support helped us to continue to preserve and protect the legacy that is Fort Monroe.


TowneBank NA

$50,000 – $74,999

Peninsula Community
Foundation of VA, Inc.

$20,000 – $49,999

APM Terminals
North America
Dominion Foundation

$10,000 – $19,999

Garrity & Knisely
Howell Creative Group
Matrix Design Group
Rolyn Companies
Veolia Water

$5,000 – $9,999

ANR Career Solutions Inc.
Bodacious Bazaar
Brickman Group Ltd.
Harrison & Lear Inc.
Kaufman & Canoles
Kimley-Horn and
Associates, Inc.
James Maloney Foundation
Old Point National Bank
Paradise Ocean Club
Professional Heating
& Cooling, Inc.
W.M. Jordan Company

$1,000 – $4,999

ATHDEL Ventures, Inc.
dba The Miles Agency
BayPort Credit Union
Carla Bryant
Chapel of the Centurion
CIVIC Leadership Institute
Clark Nexsen Foundation,Inc.
Sanford Cohen
Michael Coleman
Coliseum Central Business
Improvement District Inc.
Commonwealth Architects
Colonial Williamsburg
Cox Communications VA
Freedom Automotive
Infrastructure Corporation
James Joseph
Missouri Division of the
United Daughters Of
the Confederacy
Moore Real Estate
Morningside of Newport
News aka Five Star
Quality Care, Inc.
The Honorable G. Glenn Oder
Mr. & Mrs. Solon Paul
Q-Design PLC
The Honorable
Edward Scott Rigell
David Shiver
Spotts-Fain Consulting
The Chamberlin
Thomas Nelson
Community College
Top Guard, Inc.
Virginia Peninsula
Chamber of Commerce
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Weymouth Funeral Home
Williamsburg Potter

$500 – $999

C Media Company
The Honorable Linda Curtis
John “Chip” Dicks
Draper Aden Associates, Inc.
Friends of David Yancey
Hampton Heritage Foundation, Inc.
W. Robert Kelly
Susan A. Lineberry
Lt. Col. Stanley P.
Morrison (Ret.)
Old Point Comfort Yacht Club
Pomoco Auto Group
Powers Business
Machines, Inc.
The Chesapeake
Charles Valliant
VersAbility Resources, Inc.
Virginia Museum
of Natural History
White Star Tours, Inc.

$250 – $499

William Andrews
G. Robert Aston
Debra Barber
Baxter Sports Lounge
Centennial Contractors
Enterprises, Inc.
Robert J. Feild, DDS PC
Sean Fisher
Fort Monroe National Park
Foundation, Inc.
Fulton Bank
Headstrate Entertainment, Inc.
John Hutcheson
Sally Lazorchak
M. Price Distributing Co.
Mama Rosa’s Italian Family
National Exterminators, Inc.
Pearson Toyota Scion
Penn State University
Civil War Era Center
Robert Shuford, Jr.
Sunset Marine Co.
Timmons Group
Richard Walker
Benjamin Thomas

$100 – $249

Laura Barnes
Mary Biernot
William Brown
H. Scott Butler
Carden Memorial School
Randolph Cook
Beverly Duval
Kevin P. Eley
Event Central LLC
Ford’s Colony Friends
& Neighbors
Ford’s Colony
Newcomers Club
Christine Gergely
Hidden Heritage
Education LLC
Isle of Wight UDC
John Scarborough Inc.
Joan Jones
Linda Kelly
Lisa Kennedy
Ann Robinson King
Michael & Marti Kuhns
Sally Lazorchak
Liz Moore Realtors
McPherson Design Group
Mellen Street Graphics
Merlin Consulting
James Monroe
Memorial Foundation
William B. Moore
Norfolk Historical Society
Old Point Comfort
Marina & Café
Elizabeth Parker
Calvin Pearson
Mark Perreault
James Pharr
Princess Anne Chapter –
United Daughters
of the Confederacy
Robert’s Antiques
& Collectibles
St. Mary Star
of the Sea School
Anthony Soltys
Stronger Together PAC
Bruce Sturk
Lawrence Svihla
Swan Tavern Antiques
Kirsten Talken-Spaulding
Vanessa Valldejuli
LTC Claude Vann III (Ret.)
Virginia Civil War Trails, Inc.
Virginia Division United
Daughters of the Confederacy
W.P. Large, Inc. dba WPL
Wanchese Fish Co. Inc.
Jamie Weist
Lt. Gen. Frances Wilson (Ret.)
Rhonda A. Woods
Jane Yerkes

Up to $99

Janice Rosser Allen
Alpha Delta Kappa Alpha Nu
Joan Baker
Becker Eye Care Center, LLC
Bluewater Yacht Sales
Patricia Bolander
Brandon Currence Architects
Pamela Brooks
JW Brown Painting
Yvonne Cash
Christopher Newport University
Ruth Collins
Susan Corner
Christopher Davidson
S. Davis
Crystal L. DeAngelis
Dickie’s Lawn Service
Joseph DosReis
Christine Evans
Sylvia Fain
Barbara Fearing
Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Fort Lowry Chapter –
United Daughters
of the Confederacy
Terrence Gearhart
Joshua Gillespie
Tatjana Griesinger
Kimberly Gross
Amanda Gundry
Greta K. Hawkins
Jeffrey Hawkins
Mitchell & Dee Hayden
Angela Henery
Edward Hite
Earl P. Holben II
Conover Hunt
Mary Morgan C. Hunter
Aaron Johnson
Anna Laethem
Iris Layton
Diane Lentz
Catherine Liniger
Lisa Marston
Pamela Martin
Raquel McMillan
James Mershon
Gary Miller
Curtis Morris
Kim Murphy
Darcy J. Nelson
Evelyn Kay Perry
Antonio Roberts
Blanche Rollins
Brian Ruchalski
A. George Sage, Jr.
Betty Savage
Young Shuttleworth
MAJ Josephus Somerville
Irvine 2664 –
United Daughters
of the Confederacy
Turner Spencer
Lucy Steele
Sarah Stinnett
Barrett Stork
John Swanson
Marc Tellinger
Phyllis Terrell
Frances Towberman
Cindi Little Towsend
Jeri Turner
Jesica Turner
Deborah Vivani
Warren Rifles Chapter –
United Daughters
of the Confederacy
Adrienne White
William Wiggins
Mary Moore Williams
Woman’s Club
of Newport News
Jeane Wood
Frances Yates

Michael Monteith with TowneBank Chairman and CEO Bob Aston

Left to Right: Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia President Michael Monteith with TowneBank Chairman and CEO Bob Aston

Financials for 2013-2014

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The Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees

(As of December 20, 2014)

John R. Lawson, II
Chair, Board of Trustees
President & CEO
W. M. Jordan, Inc.

The Honorable Ralph S. Northam
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

G. Robert Aston Jr.
Secretary, Board of Trustees
Chairman & CEO, TowneBank

Colin G. Campbell
Past President & CEO
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Lawrence G. Cumming
Partner, Kaufman & Canoles

The Honorable Maurice Jones
Secretary of Commerce and Trade

The Honorable Molly Ward
Secretary of Natural Resources

The Honorable Gordon Helsel
State Delegate-Virginia House
District 91

James R. (Jay) Joseph
Senior Vice President
Harvey Lindsay

The Honorable Mamie Locke
State Senator-Virginia Senate
District 2

Kim Maloney
Williamsburg Pottery, Inc.

Lt. General Frances Wilson
Retired, United States Marine Corps

Fort Monroe Foundation Board of Directors

(As of December 2014)

Carrie Roth
Interim President and CEO
Virginia BioTechnology Park

Gary McCollum
Senior Vice President
Cox Communications

The Honorable Ralph S. Northam
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

G. Robert Aston, Jr.
Chairman & CEO, of TowneBank

Steve Owens
Senior Assistant Attorney General

Bruce Smith
Owner, Bruce Smith
Enterprise LLC

Norma Harvey
First Lady of Hampton University

Kim Maloney
Williamsburg Pottery, Inc.