Dauphin Island Sunset Capital of Alabama

Historic Fort Gaines

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. Self-guided history brochure available at entrance. Renowned living history events including the colonial period are held throughout the year.

Surround yourself with history at this unique fort located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Completed in 1861, history is alive at this Battle of Mobile Bay site! Experience yesteryear through blacksmith demonstrations, living history events, and so much more. Discover the secrets of the Fort and you just might hear Admiral Farragut exclaim, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

51 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528

(251) 861-6992

http://dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines/