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Address: 51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Description: A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.

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A nice piece of history

A family excursion that turned educational as well. Took our 4 grandkids (3 boys) who all had a great time running up and down the staircases and in the yard. Older kids started... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Little Rock
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

A family excursion that turned educational as well. Took our 4 grandkids (3 boys) who all had a great time running up and down the staircases and in the yard. Older kids started to understand that life was harder 150 years ago. Don't miss the latrine. Its a 10 seater.

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Corning
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

The fort is on the east end of Dauphin Island and is a very historic and well preserved Civil War fort. There is ample parking and a small entry fee. You are free to enjoy a self guided tour with a map provided in the gift shop. We walked all over the top and bottom. There was a blacksmith giving... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

If you go, use the app/QR code for your own guided, informational tour! We were a group of 8 ranging in age from 6 to 50+. Everyone enjoyed our visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was an awesome visit. My son loved it! We went while the blacksmith was there & it was the neatest thing to watch him work. He even made a little mini sword for my son while we were there!

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Oliver Springs, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Wonderful piece of civil war naval history: "Damn the torpedo, full steam ahead!" Blacksmith was very interesting to watch. Very hot in the summer sun--go early! Don't expect the blacksmith to arrive at the time expected--like everyone else, he seems to be on island time! Fantastic views from the top of the fort. Our group ranged in age from 4... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

This was so interesting. I was expecting to go waste a couple hours as a few of our group wanted to go here. 4 hours later we were all very engaged with what we were experiencing. I understand it may not be all the time but we went on a day they had a group of kids touring so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

If you love history, or just neat stuff, stop here! Even if you have to drive out of your way, go. It's worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This was a total blast to the past a must see if you love history. I wish I was rich I would give them the funds to fix everything. The ladies at the office were GREAT! Thank you! Just think you are walking around in something that was established in 1821. WOW!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It's a walk in the past. The learning of all the information about what happened there was fun. The ghost talks were a twist unexpected but fun too

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Woking, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This wasn't meant to be the fort we were going to visit. We drove down to use the ferry and they weren't working.Drove on to see the end and came across the fort. What a great find. $8 each entry. We were given a brief history with a tour route map. At each point on the map you will find... More 

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Address: Address: 51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Dauphin Island

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