There’s an awful lot of history in Mobile, AL. Forts, gardens, parks, monuments and, historic houses tell the tale of the city and region.
Of them all, the Condé-Charlotte House Museum is billed as “the gateway to Mobile’s history,” and with good reason. The building, constructed in 1822 between the southern bastions of Fort Condé, was Mobile’s first courthouse and city jail.
The building, still sometimes referred to as The Kirkbride House, was purchased in 1849 by Jonathan Kirkbride. Kirkbride added what is now known as the main house, converting the courthouse and jail section into a kitchen. Evidence of the old jail cells, with their two-foot thick brick floor, can still be seen in the kitchen wing.
The Historic Mobile Preservation Society purchased the site in 1940 for restoration. Their hard work provided the historic house museum we see today, highlighting Mobile’s history under five flags: French, English, Spanish, Confederate and American.
Touring the Condé-Charlotte House Museum
Docents at the museum offer one to two hour guided tours of both floors of the house museum. The first level features four rooms, displaying a distinct era of Mobile History.
The British Commandant’s room reflects Mobile from the early 1760s through the early 1780s, when it was under British rule. The American Federal dining room represents the Mobile of the early 1800s. Two Confederate-style parlors present Mobile as it was during the antebellum period.
On the second floor you’ll see a French sitting room and bedroom from the early 1700s. Two American-style bedrooms take us back to the mid-1800s, when the Kirkbride family made the Condé-Charlotte House their home.
Each room of the historic house museum contains carefully researched, period antiques. A walled Spanish garden offers a glimpse into 18th century-style home cultivation techniques.
Visiting The Condé-Charlotte House Museum
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