Can you guess how old the Fort Morgan Historic site is?? 180 years old, and it is beyond ready to be explored. The old historic building in Alabama has stood since its construction was finished in 1833—an American take on the old castles of Europe, updated over time to keep up with changes in coastal defenses. It’s open every day of the week, and is even pet friendly, making it an easy stop to fit into your exciting Gulf Shores vacation.
Fort Morgan’s career as a military structure ended in 1944, and little has been closed off since. Because of this, it’s a great place to explore and see what you find. Wander around and look at the fort from any angle you please, and peruse the rooms at your leisure, imagining what thousands of soldiers had seen the same views as you every day for over a century.
The first war that the Fort Morgan Historic Site served in was the Civil War, in which it was promptly commandeered by the Confederacy months before Fort Sumter. It was protected by the mighty ironclad C.S.S. Tennessee until the naval squadron fell to Union forces in 1864; the Fort was taken a few weeks after. Near the end of the century, renovations replaced some old brick fortifications with concrete, and the Fort became the largest permanent military base in Alabama. In World War I, troops stationed here had the chance to practice with new artillery weapons. The Fort was closed in 1923, reopened during World War II, and then closed in 1944.
Migrate through the Guided Tours
That said, wandering the Fort Morgan State Historic Site today is something of a mysterious experience, with relics present but not explained. To learn more about the past of Fort Morgan, you’ll need the help of one of the experienced and friendly tour guides. They’ll show you around the Fort Morgan Historic Site, and fill you in on facts and stories along the way!
More than a History
Not the biggest history fan? There is more to the quiet area. Relax on the beach and enjoy the endless views of the white sandy beaches.It’s also near its own loop on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail; nature, as well as history, is abundant here!
You do not want to miss the wondrous adventures of Fort Morgan.
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