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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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Confederate History

Fort Gaines is a very well preserved piece of history which reflects not only military history but architecture and building practices of the mid 19th century. I visited in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Kingsville, Canada
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Kingsville, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Fort Gaines is a very well preserved piece of history which reflects not only military history but architecture and building practices of the mid 19th century. I visited in the off-season and was free to stroll the grounds in near solitude. There is a very helpful walking guide provided upon admission but there is also information available via smart phone.... More 

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Collierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The tour took about 2 hours & was very interesting! Adults were 8.00 & kids were 5.00. I do wish they had a "family" price as there are 8 of us.

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Dauphin Island, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is one of the best preserved, & historically significant forts outside of Ft. Sumter. You probably haven't heard of it by name. But most everyone is familiar with Admiral Farrigout's "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." That was in the battle of Mobile Bay, & our fort was one of the two guarding the bay. The Union victory, deprived... More 

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

While visiting Mobile, we drove to Dauphin Island to visit Fort Gaines. Cost was very reasonable. When I first stepped out into the fort itself, I thought it might take about an hour to cover, but I was wrong as we were engaged almost 3 hours. We took a self guided tour using a map provided which included many areas... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We enjoyed touring the fort. I probably would have given it a better rating but we had both visited numerous seaside forts so this wasn't anything new to us. If you haven't seen one. or don't know the history, definitely go!

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Platte City, Missouri, United States
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88 reviews 88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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57 helpful votes 57 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 via mobile

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
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52 helpful votes 52 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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