Fort Huger
Isle of Wight, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Historic Fort Huger extends approximately 1,130 feet along the James River and spans 22.04 acres. It is a well-preserved abandoned Civil War fort in Isle of Wight County, Va. The fort is located on a strategic bluff on the south side of the James River across from modern day Fort Eustis in Newport News. The site features a Civil War encampment located outside of the fort, a self-guided walking trail along the original 1861 pathway and through the fort’s interior and a car/bus parking area. Interpretative signage describes the fort’s significant features, its strategic naval warfare role during 1861–1862, its construction by free blacks and slaves and a view of the modern day James River Reserve Fleet. Considered an historic gem, the fort follows closely the original design developed by Col. Andrew Talcott, State Engineer in 1861. It is in nearly pristine condition with most of the fort’s features still discernable due in no small part to the long-term lack of nearby modern development. Significant features include a hotshot furnace, shell house and powder magazine. The preserved fort interprets its national historic significance and natural relationship to the Chesapeake Bay.
Location / Directions: Fort Huger is located off Route 10 at 15080 Talcott Terrace, Isle of Wight, Va. The fort’s entrance is located at the corner of Lawnes Neck Drive and Talcott Terrace in Isle of Wight County’s Rushmere district. From Route 10, follow the Civil War Trails signage.
Physical Address: Fort Huger
15080 Talcott Terrace
Isle of Wight, VA 23430
Mailing Address: Fort Huger
103 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
Phone: (757) 357-0115
Activities: Self-guided walking tour with signage Bring your binoculars to view the James River Reserve Fleet, and use them for bird-watching, too. The fort is listed on the Cornell eBird System.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Hiking Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: 8 a.m. until dusk
Fees: None
Visitor Facilities: Trails, signage
Size: 22 acres
Accessibility: The trails are handicapped accessible.

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