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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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Sarasota, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for a self-guided tour of Alabama's war history, this is a place for you. I personally prefer the self guided tours, because I like to stop and take pictures and take a tour at my own speed. Although you may have to Google questions, you have, later on, it's still my preference. It amazes me how this... More 

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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

My brother-in-law is really in to history and wanted to go to the fort. I was not very interested in going but found it to be very interesting and did not consider it a "waste of time". If you go, use the pamphlet for a self-guided tour and take in the various sites of the fort. Yes, some of the... More 

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Colorado Springs
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Historic fort with earth works. Unfortunately, the sea air has played havoc with the site and a lot is crumbling and off limits. But what you can see presents a lot of great local history; good signage and cool views--especially of the oil rigs in the bay!

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north_alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This fort was what I considered a typical coastal civil war era fort although it was used up until WWII. The are sections of it spread over a large area outside the main fort garrison itself. Many section were closed though for what appeared to be renovations. On top of the fort decent views of the beach can be seen.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was the worst visit to a historic fort we have had. There really is not much to see, no tours, poor markings for self-guided tours... It's just a bunch of falling-apart brick structures remnants of bases where canons were mounted. It's overgrown so you can't see over the top to where the cannons would have been firing. Don't bother.

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Marion, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Visited in Jan 2013. Amazing views & very interesting especially for Civil War history buffs. Gatekeeper was a very knowledgeable & thoughtful elderly lady who showed great respect for the veterans in our party. Made a great impression!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We stopped by the Fort on a cool January day but the sun was shining and it wasn't bad walking around the Fort. A little too chilly to walk all the grounds but the self guided tour at the Fort is very interesting. There was some construction going on so we couldn't get into everything they have to offer but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had a great time here! Great photo op settings here! Lots of information on the self guided tour. We enjoyed walking on beach here too. Will definitely return !!

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Confederate stronghold during battle of Mobile bay in which Admiral Farragut said "Dam'n the torpedo's full speed ahead" Great fort with museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This place is a pleasant place to walk around, it has a nice little museum, and displays a mix of weapons and structures from the Civil War through WWI. However, if you are looking for an example of a coastal fort from the Civil War, this is not the place. There is simply too much from later time periods.

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