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Experience a Fort Gaines Christmas and WWII Living History Event

November 3, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Fort Gaines Christmas WWII Living History EventTwo 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.

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Discover Historic Fort Gaines – Guardian of Mobile Bay

September 25, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Island's Historic Fort Gaines

Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island
(photo courtesy of Edibobb)

Historic Fort Gaines, on Alabama’s Dauphin Island, is one of the best preserved, 19th century shoreline fortifications on the east coast. Best known for its Civil War role during the Battle of Mobile Bay, the fort is now a historic site offering living history tours.

Fort Gaines has been guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay since 1862. The fort’s well-preserved ramparts on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island command panoramic views of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Work began on the fort in 1821 but cost overruns and other difficulties didn’t see it finished until 1862 – after it was captured by Southern troops!

Fort Gaines Historic Site consists of five buildings inside the fort’s exterior walls, with tunnel systems throughout. Corner bastions with spiral stone staircases lead to cannons that were actually used in the Battle of Mobile Bay. There are also “disappearing guns” and bunker systems that were added to the fort during the Spanish-American War.

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