Five Reasons to Visit Fort Morgan this Summer
Gulf Shore & Orange Beach
Overlooking Mobile Bay, Fort Morgan played a key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864, and this Third System masonry fort went on to contribute during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. Today, it stands as a testament to the work of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army.
But there’s more than just history here; visitors also can enjoy its natural beauty or participate in one of the site’s many special events. In fact, here are five reasons why you should include a stop at Fort Morgan during your visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast.
1. Take a Tour
Throughout the summer, Fort Morgan hosts a number of tours to educate visitors. For instance, every day at 11 a.m. in June and July, a guided tour will be given by a historian, and every Tuesday in June and July at 7 p.m., you can take a twilight Civil War tour. Both of these events happen annually during the summer months, so if you miss it this year be sure to add it to your calendar for next summer!
2. Attend a Special Event
During the year, Fort Morgan holds a number of special events to mark significant moments in history and life. A key event this year is the Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan on Aug. 6 that highlights the sacrifices of the U.S. Armed Forces and Confederate States Armed Forces. Visitors can see uniformed interpreters giving demonstrations of period drills, an artillery demonstration, and talks by site historians detailing what took place during this momentous time in the fort’s history.
3. Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Thanks to Fort Morgan’s prime location on Mobile Point overlooking Mobile Bay, there are a number of ways for visitors to get outside and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. You can spend a day at the beach or explore the many nature trails that cross the property. But you also can bring your boat and check out the fort from the water, try your hand at fishing, or spot some of the area birds and wildlife.
4. Dig Deep Into History
Go beyond the surface of Fort Morgan, and delve into the site’s history at the onsite museum. Exhibits include uniforms and artillery, as well as an in-depth look at the key periods that impacted the people of Fort Morgan.
5. Roam the Fort
It may seem obvious, but one of the main draws of Fort Morgan is the ability to walk its grounds, check out the view from the top and pop into the many rooms where Fort Morgan’s residents lived and worked. My kids loved exploring every nook and cranny of the fort, asking questions about what took place in each space before moving on to the next one. It actually was a great way for them to become immersed in the fort’s history and inhabitants.
NOTE: All tours and events require an admission fee. Check with the visitor center for exact pricing.