Historic Fort Gaines
Construction began in 1821 and was completed during the Civil War with additional batteries added in the Spanish-American conflict. It has been called one of the best preserved examples of 19th century brick seacoast fortifications in the east. It was a key element in the battle of Mobile Bay, famous for Admiral Farragut's command "Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!" See actual cannons used in the battle, the huge anchor of Farragut's flag ship, tunnels, original blacksmith shop, bakery, latrine, Quartermaster building, Officer's Quarters building, museum and gift shop. Selfguided history brochure available at entrance. Renowned living history events including the colonial period are held throughout the year.