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Alabama Gulf Coast History

Fort MimsFrom Fort Morgan to Fort Gaines to the USS Alabama Battleship, history comes alive on the Gulf Coast. Learn about the more recent past at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park or the National Museum of Naval Aviation, or step back in time to a different century when cannons guarded our waterways at Historic Fort Morgan.

Museums that recall the area’s past Native American history, medical history and railroads also feature in the Gulf Coast’s historical landscape. Take a break from the beach and discover our varied past. You’ll learn about the area, and will likely leave with a new appreciation for its humble beginnings in the days of railroads and military barracks.

Mobile Bay Civil War Trail

Fort Morgan, at the end of Alabama Highway 180 in Gulf Shores, is just one stop along the Mobile Bay Civil War Trail that highlights famous Civil War battles, including the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Overland Campaign. The trail stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to north Mobile County – more than 90 miles – and offers a look into what the sailors, soldiers and marines did each day.

A look at the Mobile Civil War Trail will reveal the origins of some of the most famous battle cries in history, including “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Include a stop on the Civil War Trail in your vacation itinerary and get a glimpse into the early days of war and settlement.

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USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park
2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile, AL 36602
800-426-4929
251-433-2703
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At Mobile's Battleship Memorial Park, you don't have to look very far to find heroes. From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well.  Visit and experience life the way it was over seven decades ago.  USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park....America's Most Unique Military Attraction!

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Fairhope Museum of History

24 North Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532
251-929-1471
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Located in Fairhope's 1928, Spanish Mission style City Hall, the museum includes the original Jail, Mayors Office, Town Council Chamber, and Fire Station out fitted with an original 1935 firetruck. Fairhope's colorful history is covered in many displays, featuring the 1894 Single Tax Colony and our Populist, Utopian founders. Hours, 9:00 - 5:00 Tue - Sat. Phone 251-929-1471.

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Fort Gaines Historic Site

51 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-6992
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Where History spans three centuries. The role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the wars most notable naval conflicts. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adult 13 & up $6.00, Children 5-12 $ 4.00. Boy Scout Sleepovers. Weddings & Receptions. Find us on Facebook!

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Fort Mims Historic Site

Fort Mims Road @ CR 80
Tensaw, AL 
251-533-9024
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Located at Hwy 59 N and County Road 80 W in Tensaw. Where over 500 Pioneer settlers were killed by warring Creek Indians on this site. Fort Mims is an Alabama treasure buried on five acres of land in the deep Tensaw woods and awaiting your discovery!

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Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan
110 State Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-5257
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Fort Morgan will be closed on Dec. 25th and 26th."Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!" You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. Today Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of American coast defense fortifications from 1834 to World War II. It's a history lesson waiting to be explored.

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City of Foley Museum Archives and Model Train Exhibit

125 E Laurel Ave
Foley, AL 36535
251-943-1818
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This "O" gauge train layout represents the 1930's -1950's era, when the rail lines were in the transition of being run by steam to running on diesel fuel. Admission is free. The model trains are in operation on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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Baldwin County Bicentennial Park

51233 State Highway 225
Stockton, AL 36579
251-580-1897
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The Baldwin County Bicentennial Park is a 367 acre area in North Baldwin County. It offers a unique family experience and provides extended hands-on opportunities to learn about the county’s history.

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Baldwin County Heritage Museum

25521 Highway 98
Elberta, AL 36530
251-986-8375
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We represent the grass roots of our society by providing a place for visitors to experience the heritage and share the ethnic and farming culture of Baldwin County.

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd
Theodore, AL 36582
800-247-8420
251-973-2217
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Visit the 2004 Top Public Rose Garden in the US located at Mobile’s Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Meander through this 65-acre site and tour the original Bellingrath Museum Home.

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Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway


 
877-980-8224
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Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and fresh-off-the-boat seafood are all yours to enjoy along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and laid-back island lifestyle and connect with the waters, ways and wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

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