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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 Pkwy.
Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 433-2703
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From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well at Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park.
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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 Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
(251) 861-6992
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Learn about the role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the Civil Wars most notable naval conflicts. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Fort Mims Historic Site

Fort Mims Rd. at County Rd. 80
Tensaw, AL 
(251) 533-9024
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Fort Mims is located at Hwy. 59 N. and County Rd. 80 W. in Tensaw. Over 500 pioneer settlers were killed by warring Creek Indians on this site.
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Fort Morgan

110 State Hwy. 180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-5257
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Today, Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of American coast defense and 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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The model trains are in operation on Tu., Th. and Sat. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The museum hours are M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Baldwin County Bicentennial Park

51233 State Hwy. 225
Stockton, AL 36579
(251) 580-2572
(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 Hwy. 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
(251) 973-2217
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Located on tranquil Fowl River, enjoy 65 acres of landscaped beauty and the Bellingrath Museum Home. Open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

1906 Springhill Ave.
Mobile, AL 36607
(251) 471-6364
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Historic tours are hosted in Mobile's grandest antebellum mansion Tu.-F from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. by our excellent tour guides. The last daily tour will begin by 3 p.m.
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