Two special events are planned for this holiday season at Fort Gaines Historic Site on Dauphin Island. A WWII Living History Event on November 18th and the 34th Annual Fort Gaines Christmas Through the Ages on December 9th, 2017.
Fort Gaines’ battlements have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay since 1862. It is considered one of the best preserved, 19th century shoreline fortifications on the east coast. A “Guardian of Mobile Bay,” Fort Gaines is part of the Mobile Bay Civil War Trail, which also includes Fort Morgan, Magee Farm, and Blakeley State Park.
Fort Gaines Historic Site is always good for a visit. Exploring the fortifications and learning about our country’s history can be especially fun and rewarding here. This is especially true when the fort is hosting one of its annual, special events.
Two such events are coming up: a World War II Living History Event and Christmas Through the Ages.
WWII Living History at Fort Gaines
November 18th, 2017 – 9am to 5pm
Come to Fort Gaines and experience a day in the life of a WWII soldier at a WWII Living History encampment. See soldiers doing drills, Allied and Axis displays, and demonstrations with authentic weapons, equipment, and vehicles. Authentic camping and blacksmithing in the original Fort Gaines blacksmith shop, too. You can also visit a USO canteen with 1940s music and a camp dance!
Fort Gaines Christmas Through the Ages Celebration
December 9th, 2017 – 8am to 5pm
Join soldiers and their families from the 1700’s through the 1900’s to experience a living history Christmas. Discover how soldiers celebrated the holidays at the fort over the decades with dancing, caroling, demonstrations, and so much more. Come enjoy the magic of Christmas and one of the biggest events of the year at the fort.
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Visit dauphinisland.org for more information about the annual events at Fort Gaines.
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