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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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Tipp City, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Fort is smaller than Fort Morgan, but definitely had more going on. Blacksmith was excellent - made us a fish we bought for our Christmas tree this year. The fort was very well maintained, lots of tunnels, staircases for the kids to enjoy. Even my 3 year old LOVED it.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Definitely try to visit on a day when the blacksmith demonstration is scheduled! He really explained what he was doing and why as we watched him make some truly lovely things. It's also cool that this fort is more or less intact (unlike Ft Sumter) and the kids could appreciate it being castle-like. My kids enjoyed climbing the spiral stairs... More

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Granbury, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

history here is awesome. much bigger than i had imagined it would be and very well maintained and displayed. worth the stop. blacksmith was great and made some cool little swords for my kids out of horseshoe nails.

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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband loves civil war history and I was a little reluctant to go to the fort but after we got there it was a pretty interesting landmark. Very interesting to see what life was like living in a fort. Only con was that it was mostly outdoors in the hot sun. I was sweating nearly the whole time there.... More

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Waller texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed this Fort so much. It was so interesting and fun to walk through. took lots of pictures and would swear there is a ghost in one of them. Planning on taking the family there next summer

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Haddam, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Having stayed in Orange Beach, Alabama for the weekend, we were Harding back to Mississippi and decided to take the Fort Morgan Ferry and make a stop at Fort Gaines. The ferry ride was only 35 minutes and dropped you right where Fort Gaines is, also giving you a nice water view of the fort. Fort Gaines has great photo... More

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Rayne, Louisiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I thought the Fort was pretty cool. Gives you an idea of that time in history and what the soldiers had to do. Some cool areas to see that are below ground with tunnels. There is also a museum inside the Fort with Civil War memorabilia. I liked the history of the Lighthouse inside the museum. If you like American... More

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Florissant, MO
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155 reviews 155 reviews
28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My husband and I enjoy visiting civil war historical sites. This fort is well preserved and is a very interesting place to visit. Because it was a self-guided tour, we could explore at our own pace and I felt like I could take my time with photography. The ladies in the gift shop were friendly too.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

my family really enjoyed spending time on this hallowed ground. It is amazing how much pride people took in what they built that many years ago. This place is the kind of tour that you really want to take your time and really take in what the men here experienced during the war of yankee aggression. The only fault I... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was an amazing place because of all the information they provide. The waves were still hitting the side of the fort. Very interesting constuction! It was very interesting to see the "disappearing batteries" . The flushed twice a day latrines were a hoot! It's a great place to spend a morning or afternoon if you don't want to hit... More

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