Southern Baldwin County History

History Buffs Now Have Another Reason to Visit

With the opening of the Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail, visitors to Baldwin and Mobile counties can trace the path of Battle of the Bay and the Overland Campaign. The trail stretches from the Gulf over 90 miles to north Mobile County, and documents the military movements and way of life on and around Mobile Bay during this significant campaign. A series of interpretive signs at more than a dozen sites offers detailed exploration of the historic events which restored Mobile and the bay country to the Union. The stories of ship captains, fort commanders and common fighting men are told through first-hand accounts, historical references and detailed illustrations displayed on the signs.

There is also an accompanying trail guide and web site. For more information about the Battle of Mobile Civil War Trail or to obtain your copy of the trail guide, visit or stop by one of the AL Gulf Coast Convention Visitors Bureau Welcome Centers.

Foley Archives & History Museum:

Home to the agricultural history and artifacts of Foley’s early years the museum and train depot will satisfy any history lover.

Baldwin County Heritage Museum:

The Baldwin County Heritage Museum’s mission is to preserve the culture of the farm communities of early Baldwin County through the creation of a home for historically significant buildings, documents and artifacts from community life. It is the site of monthly Sunday afternoon presentations on topics that are varied and interesting.

Fort Morgan:

Located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores is Fort Morgan. There are tours, re-enactments, and candlelight tours in the summer. It is also home to the Mobile Bay Ferry.

Fort Gaines:

Fort Gaines is located on the Dauphin Island side of Mobile Bay and is accessible via the Mobile Bay Ferry.

Gulf Shores Museum:

Come explore the coastal past of fishing and hurricanes as you enjoy the great exhibits, and don’t forget to take a stroll in the outdoor garden.

Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum:

This former church and school is now the home for the many historic Indian and sea artifacts. Come learn more about our coastal heritage.