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Fort Gaines

Address: 51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.
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Platte City, Missouri, United States
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85 reviews 85 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We have been to several forts in the area and this one just did not have as much available as the others. A short video on the fort history would be a good addition. Much of the fort was not accessible because of renovations.

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Rome, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
36 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The fort is well preserved and very interesting especially for Civil War buffs. We walked the fort and fortifications using a self guided tour map which explained alot of the areas. A blacksmith was busy at the blacksmith shop and and answered all of our questions on how she made items. The main area of the fort was easy for... More 

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Daphne, Alabama
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119 reviews 119 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a great spot to visit with the family. Young children will love exploring while others will enjoy the history.

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San Antonio, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Interesting fort with Civil War relics. Some parts are starting to deteteriorate and now needs much repair. History buffs- you will love it.

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Cumming, GA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I very interesting and well preserved fort. You can see the whole thing in about 1.5-2 hours. Could be difficult to get around for those in wheelchairs.

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Springfield, Missouri
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84 reviews 84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Fort Gaines is rather well preserved, especially when compared to Fort Morgan across Mobile Bay. It is quite an experience to stand in an original bastion where troops fired on the Union Navy during the Battle of Mobile Bay. There are two downsides. The historical information on the self guided tour lacks depth and context. Also, there is not a... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We go here everytime we visit Dauphin Island. So fun to explore the fort. You can climb and hide all over. The best part is the blacksmith. It's amazing to see what he can make. If you get him talking, it's so interesting to hear what can tell you about the island and about black smithing.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Interesting historic Fort on Dauphin Island, AL for a quick outing. The kids might have fun learning about the historic significance of the Fort.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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447 reviews 447 reviews
198 attraction reviews
451 helpful votes 451 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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