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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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Birmingham, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went there for the first time today with my husband. Loved it! We have been to Fort Morgan many times and this ranks right up there. It is a smaller fort but still spent about 2 hours going through. My husband is a history buff and ended up being a tour guide to a young couple with a lot of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

First of all, yes I do love history. The Fort was a very pleasant surprise. The self guided tour is well done with all the various parts of the fort open for investigation. Very well worth the time!

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equus197@yahoo.com
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Fort Gaines is a smaller yet enjoyable fort that has a lot of tunnels, cannons, and areas to explore. We unfortunately were there on a day the blacksmith was off, so we are definitely going back when the blacksmith is in residence. This smaller fort has an incredible view of the bay (the gas/oil platforms are an ugly distraction but... More

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Oklahoma City
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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

After seeing Fort Morgan, this was some of the same. It's smaller and on a separate island. It is good to see the difference and be able to compare and see what the soldiers did here.

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Walden, Tenn
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75 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Fort Gaines has an interesting history but is not as well interpreted as its sister fort across the bay. Still the drive to scenic Dauphin Island is worth the trip and the fort deserves an hour of your time.

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Tipp City, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
11 helpful votes 11 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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