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Fort Morgan Historic Site

51 Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-7125
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Ranked #7 of 17 Attractions in Gulf Shores
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Traveler Description: A visit is a great way to spend the afternoon but it can be a little spooky.  Some rooms are completely dark where the soldiers stored the gun... more »
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Evansville IN
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

4 stars out of 5 because the museum is lacking. So much occurred at Fort Morgan throughout history it deserves a better museum space to fully tell it's story. The fort itself can be explored on foot with self-guided brochure. I've never seen anything quite like it and it was cool to explore the rooms and climb on top for... More

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Montevallo, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We have been here twice - and both times were memorable. The museum is impressive and the staff do an excellent job of telling the history of the Fort and are adept at keeping the kids engaged with tales of battle scenes and even hauntings. We enjoyed traipsing all over the Fort - even into the nooks, crannies and spooky... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Interesting history and incredible engineering for the 1800's. Self guided tours so at your own pace

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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139 reviews 139 reviews
61 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

There are extensive repair that is being done here with funds from Hurricane Katrina. They have a museum and gift shop. The gift shop is mostly made up with beach type gifts, sea shells, lighthouse, etc. Even the postcards only had one with the fort on it. The museum was very neat! Especially interesting was a movie showing how the... More

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Starkville, Mississippi
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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I didn't expect to see much, but this is a very interesting site, with a lot of the original fort still standing and open for viewing.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited the Fort Morgan site with our teen kids. It is an interesting site for history buffs and the drive to it is very scenic if you come from the Gulf Shores area. You can also take the Mobile Bay Ferry from the Dauphin Island side and the fort is located within sight of the ferry dock. This fort... More

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

What a wonderful way to spend a day with the family. You will also get a lesson learned on the siege of Ft. Morgan and the Battle of Mobile Bay. This year marks 150 year since the battle and boy did they do an excellent job in reenacting that. It took the whole weekend and it was worth every minute... More

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Fort Morgan State Historic Park is just west of Gulf Shores (AL) and overlooks Mobile Bay. The fort was completed in 1834 and was occupied during several wars including the Civil War. Although most folks might not be familiar with the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, they have probably heard Admiral Farragut’s famous quote, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed... More

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Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Exceptionally friendly & helpful attendant so we knew how to arrange our brief visit. Not a lot of battle history attached to the fort but very large brick construction & the most interesting military structure I've seen in our travels.

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Clarkston, Michigan, USA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

if you appreciate US history, you'll like this walk around fort and marvel at imagining being there / living there as a solider - would have been a tough go back in those days. It won't take you long to walk the fort and walls - half hour? And the museum (small) gives you the info. a history buff wants.

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