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Fort Gaines

51 Bienville Ave, Dauphin Island, AL
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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Elgin, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was an amazing place because of all the information they provide. It was cool to see where the officers slept, and the types of beds they had. Then we saw the bathroom, which was interesting. It's a neat place to get some history.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The cost was a little more than expected, but I enjoyed it. the blacksmith was on site making some tools and that was very interesting. They had letters from soldiers which were interesting and great views. Go get some history.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

You wouldn't expect to spend a lot of time in here by looking at the outside. However, I was wrong, it's just like six bucks to get in and we spent 3 or 4 hours in it. Tons of cool things from history from how they slept to even the bathrooms. Great Views from the top too. I def recommend... More

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Richardson, Texas, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very interesting history lesson. Had a real black smith making horse shoes! Even the 19 year old enjoyed it. A guide would have been nice but we did get a phamlet explaining some things.

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Candler
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The history of the fort is amazing. We arrived on the island early and went to the fort before we checked into our house. Everyone in the family had a wonderful time. It is so well preserved and interesting. Everyone must visit - it is a great glimpse into what life was like on the island in the past. I... More

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Ramsey, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The fort was interesting and well kept. There were signs explaining some things but not all. It would have been nice to have a guide or a pamphlet that explained things a little better. We did enjoy roaming the grounds. The museum was interesting too. I enjoyed the artifacts and the photos of the local culture. We enjoyed it.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Staff was restricted to the door / gift shop. A tour guide would have been useful, but we were free to roam the grounds and reflect on its history. Climbing up top provided a nice view of the gulf. My sons enjoyed it and so did I.

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Lansing, Kansas
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31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

One of the lesser known places as far as battle sites in America, the Battle of Mobile bay was critical. The fort was very well preserved and there are several smaller museum areas within that show artifacts, letters, and such from both the Confederate and Union Troops that had been garrisoned there. There is a small gift shop with a... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Was here the second week in June with my family. The views of the bay great and plenty of pictures taken. The blacksmith was interesting and the kids had a great time watching and asking questions. The kids were also amazed at how "primative" things were back then with no electricity, running water, etc. We spent a couple of hours... More

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Buena Vista, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Step back in time inside historic Fort Gaines. Imagine the warships engaged in the Battle of Mobile Bay. See how the soldiers worked and lived in this well preserved National Monument!

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