RICHMOND (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell's biennial state budget provides funding for operations and management of historic Fort Monroe.
The Hampton landmark on the Chesapeake Bay is in line for $6.7 million in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 and more than $700,000 in supplemental funding in fiscal year 2014.
McDonnell's office said Friday the governor's budget amendments also authorize the issuance of bonds totaling $22.5 million through the Virginia Building Authority. That would cover a good portion of the $26 million anticipated to fund capital improvements.
The moated fort was deactivated as a military installation in the fall of 2011. It is now under the management of a state authority.
During the Civil War, Fort Monroe was known as "Freedom's Fortress" because of the slaves who sought refuge in the Union stronghold.