Local History

History buffs will find plenty of historical treasure here. Numerous museums and other points of interest are located throughout the area. Historic Fort Morgan is but a short distance west of Gulf Shores Plantation. So slip on some comfortable shoes, bring your camera and "step back in time."

Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Gulf Shores
Construction on Fort Morgan began in 1819 and was completed in 1834. The fort, designated as a national landmark in 1946, played a defensive role in the War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War and World Wars I and II. This is the site where Union Admiral David Farragut issued his famous command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. Facilities include a museum, picnic tables, pier and bird sanctuary. A living history program and candlelight fort tours take place during the summer months.

Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island
Fort Gaines, located across Mobile Bay on Dauphin Island, is sister to Fort Morgan. The two are historically linked through the Battle of Mobile Bay, when they joined forces to prevent Union forces from sailing northward to capture the port city of Mobile. Living history re-enactments take place from October through May.

Gulf Shores Museum, Gulf Shores
View interactive displays on the shrimping industry and artifacts from the fishing and boat-building trades. Learn about hurricanes and observe birds and butterflies in the outdoor garden.

Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum, Orange Beach
See a classroom display of an eclectic mix of artifacts honoring the region's Native American and seafaring heritages. The Museum is located in the first school building in Orange Beach.

Shell Mound Park, Dauphin Island
Participate in group tours of prehistoric Indian burial mounds. Lectures on food preparation, medicinal lore and Indian and French history and legend.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore
Tour this lovely 15-room museum home and its surrounding 65 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Take a scenic river cruise aboard the Southern Belle. Visit the café and gift shop. December brings "Magic Christmas in Lights."

Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile
Tour the battleship USS Alabama and submarine USS Drum, stroll through the historic aircraft pavilion and view the Vietnam veterans' memorial. Amenities include a flight simulator, nature observatory, picnic area, gift shop, food and concessions. The Park is approximately an hour away.

National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL
The third largest air and space museum in the country, this facility is a showcase for more than 170 aircraft, including the Blue Angels Navy Flyers, and has a flight simulator and IMAX theatre for your entertainment. The Museum is an hour's drive from the Plantation.

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