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Fort Morgan State Historic Site

Address: 110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone Number: +1 251-540-7127
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Fort Morgan is a masonry fortification built by the United States to protect the entrance of Mobile...
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Type: Historic Sites, Parks, Cultural
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Fort Morgan is a masonry fortification built by the United States to protect the entrance of Mobile Bay. Construction began in 1819 and was completed in 1834. Site of the Battle of Mobile Bay and a near two week siege in 1864,interpretation focuses primarily upon the Civil War; however, the fortification was modified and used in the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. Please note that at this time some areas of the fort are closed for restoration. We apologize for any inconvenience that this necessary work may cause you. A small museum on site interprets the high points of the site's history and contains a small gift shop. The beaches that surround the point are a popular fishing destination for shore fishing. A boat launch is also located on the site as well as the landing for the Mobile Bay Ferry. Hours of Operation: Grounds are open 8:00 - 5:00 Central Time Museum is open 9:00 - 4:30 Central Time Museum and Grounds are closed for holiday observance November 27-28, 2014, December 25-26, 2014, and January 1, 2015. Admission Charge: $7.00 per Adult $5.00 per Senior $4.00 per Child Military are free with proper identification.
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Atlanta Area
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

As always, I enjoy touring the fort. The restoration going on (which I fully understand has to be done) somewhat limited our visit. I like to attempt "authentic" photos, but it was difficult as the background usually had something in it that I didn't want.

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Cadillac, Michigan
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38 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The fort is an interesting place to visit, even though it did not play heavily into the Civil War other than being shelled during the Mobile Bay battle. It is well tended and the people who work there are friendly. Worth the time.

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Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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231 reviews 231 reviews
92 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The day we went it was too cold to walk around the fort so we enjoyed the museum and history display. We did drive around by the other sites. A must see for the Battle of Mobile history.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A great experience. Be sure to take time to read the letters from civil war soldiers that are in the museum. They make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Also be sure to take the ferry ride over to Dauphin Island and visit the sister fort, Fort Gaines.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Go into the museum and you'll be charged a site fee. We watched people drive to the fort and go fishing or straight into the fort without paying. Fort Gaines is better preserved as a period fort and has a blacksmith on staff.

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Washington, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fort Morgan is a great site to explore. You can walk through most parts...some construction currently going on so parts are blocked off...Nov. 2014. Great self guided walking tour.Beautiful view of Mobile Bay with ships...birds...butterflies...oil rigs....ferry.....as well as a distant view of Daulphin Island and the bridge to Mobile.Cute museum with artifacts and gifts. Can do it all in an... More 

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Amelia Island, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

If you are a Civil War buff you must see this fort. It is an easy walk, parking is close. Was interesting even to someone who is not a history buff.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This place was really cool, I love Civil War history. This is a self tour, there is nothing you or kids could hurt, just BIG cannons, bunkers and millions of bricks. There is a museum there full of artifacts, history and of course souvenirs. We spent 3 hours on sight, I could have spent more but not everyone in my... More 

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Pulaski, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Fully enjoyed the visit with many historical revelations that I had not been aware of. The museum area is very interesting with a number of excellent displays.

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Memphis
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Fort is like most that don't have a lot of money to make it interactive. Small historical section in the gift shop. You do have access to a nice beach area where shelling is popular. Didn't see any one around to answer questions or give a tour of the fort. Some areas were under construction where it look like they... More 

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