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Historic Fort Gaines

Historic Site

The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Fort was recently designated as one of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites in America due to on-going shoreline erosion. Historic Fort Gaines is one of the key sites in the famous Battle of Mobile Bay where Admiral Farragut shouted his now-famous order, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Fort Gaines is a pre-Civil War brick fortification built within feet of the Gulf. The fort has original cannons, a blacksmith shop, kitchens, a museum, gift shop, and tunnels. Guided tours are done in period uniform which will bring history to life including cannon firing demonstration and blacksmithing. For added adventure, visit during special event weekends.

Wheelchair Accessible

For more information visit:
http://www.dauphinisland.org

Historic Fort Gaines
51 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-6992
Hours of Operation
  • Open year-round 9-5; group tour by appt.; June-Aug. 9-6
Fees
  • Children (Ages 5 -12) are $4.00 Adults (Ages 13+) are $6.00