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Fairhope Historical Museum

Have you been to the Fairhope Historical Museum? I bet if you are a local, you have not. Well, I challenge you to get out there and keep it local by visiting all our local attraction sites. That is the challenge that Marty and I have taken on, and we are writing about our adventures in this blog. If you are a visitor to our area, we want you as well to learn about our local history and see some interesting items at the Fairhope Historical Museum.

The museum is located in the heart of downtown Fairhope and occupies the historic circa 1928 Spanish mission-style building which once served as City Hall. It showcases items from Fairhope’s earliest residents and the Native American Indians to the potters who were attracted to the high-quality clay that was abundantly located in the area.

It also describes Single Taxers looking to create their own Utopia and provides information about Fairhope’s interesting history. For the kiddos, there is a lovely old Firetruck that is used in many Fairhope Parades. My favorite part about the museum is the Jail cells. I went inside to see what it might have been like to have stayed inside those tiny cells. Marty even closed the door. Later, we found out that there was a story from a director of the museum where he heard the jail cell doors slamming, but when he went down to check, no one was there. Both cell doors were standing open. EEK!

Even more interesting information can be found in the glass cabinet labeled Fairhope Writers. Many of our famous literary artists are mentioned here, along with some of their published books, from Winston Groom and Fannie Flagg to Roy Hoffman and WEB Griffin. I really enjoyed seeing all these names and faces, and it even inspired us to buy some. Marty picked up the book Haunted Baldwin County Alabama by Harriet Brill Outlaw. A mixture of supernatural stories which represent the colorful characters of Baldwin County’s Past. In case you are interested, you can purchase this book at Page and Palette in Fairhope, Alabama, or here on Amazon.

Fairhope has long been known for its lovely parks and its sweeping panoramic views of Mobile Bay. It is time to learn about its history. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission. (251) 929-1471. For more Keeping It Local articles, follow our Blog.

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