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Baldwin County Courthouse

Historic Site in Bay Minette

Although Bay Minette is the most centrally located township in Baldwin County, it was not chosen as the county seat when the county was established. Baldwin County is the third oldest county in the state of Alabama, created on December 21, 1809, ten years before Alabama officially became a state. The first county seat location was at McIntosh Bluff on the Tombigbee River but it was transferred to Blakeley only one year later in 1810. In 1898, the State Legislature decided to move the county seat to Daphne. In 1900 however, the Alabama State legislature
officially named Bay Minette the county seat and on October 1, 1901, Bay Minette town leaders officially dedicated a courthouse to town. The city of Daphne resisted its loss of status however and refused to surrender the powers of government. In order to move the county records to Bay Minette, town leaders devised a scheme to lure the sheriff and his deputy out of Daphne with a false story. While the officers were pursuing the false story, a group of Bay Minette
men stealthily traveled the 30 miles to Daphne, stole the Baldwin County Courthouse records and delivered them
to the new courthouse in Bay Minette. Thus the town was established as the Baldwin County seat. The original
courthouse was renovated twice, once in 1955 and again in 1996.

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Baldwin County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Hours of Operation
  • Subject to county hours
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