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“Awesome time at the fort”

Fort Morgan State Historic Site
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located on Mobile Point, at the end of Scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula, the site has a diverse number of activities to make your vacation a memorable one. Preceded by another fort, Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, Fort Morgan is a Third System masonry fort built between 1819 and 1833. Standing guard where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, the fort played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army for the defense of the country.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fort Morgan is an amazing place with a ton of history. It is absolutely perfect for all ages. If you are in the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan area, a day trip to the fort is a must!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see for any history buff or veteran. The museum is great, lots of neat exhibits that has something for everyone. You can explore the fort on your own pace.

Thank Randy C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much to look at. Has a great view of the gulf and Mobile Bay. Museum/gift shop had a lot of interesting items to look at and learn about.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have a few extra hours to kill, go see Ft. Morgan. We happened to be staying nearby and decided to visit. We all enjoyed it including my 9 year old grandson. The tour is self-guided and sometimes it's difficult to figure out what is what, but it's still well preserved and interesting to see.

Views from the top of the fort are awesome as it sits on the water. Wear comfy shoes as there is some climbing.

I do have a question that I can't seem to find an answer to - what were the tracks for?? I'm guessing for carts carrying things but would like to know!

Thank AnnieNBobby
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Wendy H, Social Media Coordinator at Fort Morgan State Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

The tracks were to deposit a 1600 lb shell into Battery Duportail's magazine. A small narrow-gauge train was used for the process.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only 20 miles from Gulf Shores, this is an easy diversion from the beach if you have a cloudy day. There is also a car ferry from Fort Morgan to Fort Gaines on the other side of Mobile Bay. Fort Gaines is smaller but also worth the trip. Look at the website for Fort Morgan to arrive for a free guided tour (free after paying the entrance fee). The tour of Fort Morgan takes about an hour and looking around the rest of the big fort and its museum takes about another hour (or more). There are remnants of the rails that carried carts of ammunition from the magazine supply to the various cannons. To get to all the cannons, a turntable was used which fit all four wheels of a cart (see pictures)
I was not satisfied by many of the explanations of fort terminology given in any of the several books I referred to, so I wrote my own summary and that typed sheet is with the pictures.
"Tacky Jacks 2" and "Sassy Bass" are good lunch stops on the Fort Morgan road (Route 180).

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