Perhaps paranormal activity is expected at a military base that has been inhabited since 1608.  But one would be hard-pressed to find a line-up of big named spirits anywhere else but Fort Monroe.

Fort Monroe (image courtesy Patrick McKay/Flickr)

Image courtesy Patrick McKay/Flickr

Reported sightings at the base include a young soldier named Edgar Allen Poe, President Abraham Lincoln, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Chief Black Hawk and Ulysses S. Grant. Other, lesser known personalitieshave also been spotted, such as a spirit that hates roses, and even something dubbed the “moat monster,” rumored to be a relative of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster.

Orbs, lights and temperature changes are other creepy phenomena experienced so often and with such intensity that the U.S. Army has featured a story about “haunted” Fort Monroe on its website.

Sitting at the mouth of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay, the military base was a “freedom fortress” where fugitive slaves took refuge during the Civil War.

Since the fort closed , ownership has been turned over to the Commonwealth of Virginia. There has been talk of turning the land into a national park or even a math and science high school. But when new people move in, will the spirits stay?