Located just 15 short miles from our vacation rental down a scenic road with gorgeous beach homes sits Fort Morgan. It sits at the tip of Mobile Point and is a must when visiting Gulf Shores. Breaking ground in 1819 and finally finishing in 1834, the structure is packed with educational history, beautiful views and is an awesome way to spend an afternoon when you visit. If visiting, here are 5 things you should know.
1. Set Aside a Few Hours. Don’t think you’re going to just drive up to Fort Morgan and drive away. You’re getting some of the most gorgeous views from this historical structure. Plan at least 2 hours, but it is quite easy to spend a whole day here.
2. Wear Comfortable Shoes. Fort Morgan doesn’t look like it’s huge when you first drive up, but once you walk through the tunnel you’ll see how much exploring you’re going to have. It’s almost like a maze in some points. Some areas are uneven and a few of the steps are very steep; so where comfortable walking shoes to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
3. Bring a Camera. The fort is almost 200 years old. It was initially built with brick and mortar alone (before reinforcing with concrete in several areas). The fort tells a story and it is up to you to capture it. It has some gorgeous photo opportunities and sits shore side viewing several oil rigs from afar. So after you enjoy what you see, capture it to take home for keepsake.
4. Bring Your Fishing Gear. If you love to fish, than add this to you visit at Fort Morgan. I seen several people fishing while we were there. If you’re not into fishing, you can always just enjoy the view.
5. Bring Lunch. A gorgeous place to throw a blanket down, eat some lunch and just relax.
We always seem to add something educational when we travel. While visiting Fort Morgan we learned that is stood as a defense mechanism for the US until 1944, when it was abandoned. It is known for a famous saying, “Damn those torpedoes!” during the Civil War, the Battle of Mobile Bay was the most dramatic moment of Civil War while at sea. “Damn those torpedoes” references the commands of Admiral David Farragut when the lead ship was sunk by an underwater mine (or torpedo).
When visiting Gulf Shores, you will not want to leave Fort Morgan out. It is inexpensive, educational with a gorgeous view. To find out more about Fort Morgan, click HERE.