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Fort Gaines

Address: 51 Bienville Ave, Dauphin Island, AL
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Okay! I will be perfectly honest about this! The area around the Fort was beautiful ! I enjoyed looking out at the Gulf, as well as the pretty trees and greenery just outside the Fort. (Things are dead and dreary in Oklahoma this time of year!) As far as the rest of it goes....it just wasn't my thing! My husband,... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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198 attraction reviews
446 helpful votes 446 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

It seems a bit forgotten and out of the way and I would recommend it unless you happen to be in the area. lot of parking and just past the ferry.

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

we have been to other forts that I think was better...This one was just okay, Better signs letting you know things or an app would have helped. And keeping the fort clean and not so cluttered It seemed as if no one had done anything to keep it up in awhile.

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Cookson, Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This fort is one of the best I have seen, very beautiful. It's laid out perfectly so it is very easy to follow the self guided tour. You can climb around and really get the feel of the place. There are many plaques and signs that give great information. There is a very interesting little museum on site and the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Best time to go is during summer when they do the re-enactment of the battle in Mobile Bay. Characters abound! As you can probably imagine. AND....they supposedly have ghosts...which could be a plus...or a minus. Nice place to sit and watch the dolphins. They regularly swim past this point on the island close to dusk.

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Bayou La Batre, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We enjoy the hike around the fort and the views of the Gulf of Mexico! Be sure to look for the wonderful artifacts shared throughout the tour and the Re-Enactments are wonderful opportunities for the kids to investigate military history in Alabama!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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100 reviews 100 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I toured Fort Gaines, and really enjoyed the history behind this place. Fort Gaines played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay, and I found the site very interesting. It is very similar to other Civil War forts I've visited in the South, so I wasn't blown away. But if you have a few hours, why not stop... More 

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Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I love history but I just don't care all that much for it. Stop by the free part and see. I travel more and see much, much older forts so I couldn't really appreciate it. I have stuff in my back yard that old.

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Neosho, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This was a great experience for us when we stayed on Dauphin Island. The fort is full of important history and is very well preserved. Remarkable engineering job and beautiful craftsmanship is abundant. This is well worth the stop. Don't miss the 10 seater latrine. :-)

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Birmingham, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Went there for the first time today with my husband. Loved it! We have been to Fort Morgan many times and this ranks right up there. It is a smaller fort but still spent about 2 hours going through. My husband is a history buff and ended up being a tour guide to a young couple with a lot of... More 

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