Base History \ Arrival
Fort Lee is located three miles east of Petersburg on HWY 36 in Prince George County. Fort Lee is 116 miles from Washington, D.C. It is 21 miles from Virginia state capital. Fort Lee is position 37.23 degrees north of the equator and 77.33 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Fort Lee's history spans 10,000 years, indigenous native peoples having occupied the are of Virginia now called Fort Lee for 9,800 years. The roads passing through Fort Lee linked Petersburg and City Point (Hopewell), both vital supply and communication centers on the Appomattox River. During the last days of the Revolutionary War, British and Tory troops were engaged in a battle by a small force of Americans near Blandford Church, between Petersburg and the present Fort Lee. In the summer of 1864, General Grant decided the capture of Petersburg was essential to the Union cause in order to cut the important supply lines into Richmond and force General Lee out into the open. General Lee moved his headquarters to "Violet Bank," now Colonial Heights, and Grant's headquarters and supply depot were at City Point. The struggle for Petersburg continued for ten months before Lee evacuated to the city. One week later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, 100 miles to the west.
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Driving Directions to Fort Lee
From I-95 South from Alexandria, VA
Proceed South on I-95 merging toward Richmond, VA. Once in Richmond proceed I 95 S toward Petersburg. Take Temple Ave exit 54 and proceed right onto Temple Ave. Go through five traffic lights and veer right toward Petersburg/Fort Lee Main Gate. Proceed to the traffic light and make a left onto Lee Ave toward the main gate. The Welcome Center parking lot is on the right. approximate travel time: 2 hours.
From I-95 North from Rocky Mount, NC
Proceed north on I-95 merging onto I-295 N via exit number 46 toward Washington. Proceed on I-295 North onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Blvd via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights. Go to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Lee Avenue Gate. Get immediately in the right hand land and park in the Welcome Center parking lot. Approximate Travel Time - 2 hours.
From I-64 East from Charlottesville, VA
Proceed east on I-64 merging onto I-295 S via exit number 177 toward Washington/Norfolk. Proceed on I-295 South onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Blvd via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights. Go to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Lee Avenue Gate. Get immediately in the right hand land and park in the Welcome Center parking lot. Approximate Travel Time - 1 hour, 51 minutes
From I-64 West from Virginia Beach, VA
Proceed west on I-64 merging toward Richmond, VA. Once in Richmond proceed I 95 S toward Petersburg. Take Temple Ave exit 54 and proceed right onto Temple Ave. Go through five traffic lights and veer right toward Petersburg/Fort Lee Main Gate. Proceed to the traffic light and make a left onto Lee Ave toward the main gate. AThe Welcome Center parking lot is on the right. pproximate travel time: 2 hours.
Note: Advanced Individual Training (AIT) students attending their first Military Occupational Skills (MOS) course are not authorized privately owned vehicles.
Entering through Fort Lee Avenue Gate
Regardless of where you are coming from you should plan to enter Fort Lee main gate located on State Highway 36. From Interstate 95 take the Temple Avenue exit 54, continue on Temple Avenue past Southpark Shopping Mall (about three miles). Temple Avenue will end at State Highway 36. Take a right on to Highway 36 and drive about a mile to the next stop light. At the light, take a left and proceed to the guards for a ID check. Fort Lee main entrance Lee Gate is open 24 hours. It will be on the right.
From interstate 295 take the 9b exit on State Highway Route 36. Once you are on Highway 36 continue through the small commercial area, shortly after you leave the commercial area you will come to a light marking the intersection where Temple Avenue meets State Highway 36 and becomes Fort Lee Sisisky Avenue, continue past this intersection for a mile to the next stoplight. Take a left and proceed through Lee Gate to the guards for a ID check.
Directions to Richmond International Airport
The airport is located on Airport Drive via I-64 (Exit 197A) and alternatively, I-295 (Exit 31). For your convenience, airport facilities and parking lots signs are clearly marked on Airport Drive.
To Fort Lee take HWY 895. Make a left at the light onto Laburnum Ave. Take the Petersburg exit toward the toll road. The toll fee is $2.75. After paying the toll, take the Petersburg exit I95 S. Follow the Fort Lee signs and exit Temple Ave. Make a right onto Temple Ave. Drive approx 5 miles until you reach Sisisky Ave gate on Fort Lee.
Military Shuttles are not available.
Commercial Airport Shuttle
Groome Transportation is authorized to provide shuttle services for Fort Lee to and from the Richmond International Airport which is about 40 minutes north of post.
Authorized Taxi Services:
- Airport Taxi: 804-233-4444
- Marshall Cabs: 804-458-3325
All provide transportation in and around the post. Taxis from several miles outside the local area may deliver and pickup customers on Fort Lee by request.
Base Phone nubers: Phone 804-734-6388
Phone (DSN) 312-687-6388