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    Fort Conde

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 26, 2014

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    Fort Condé was built by the French and named in honor of King Louis XIV’s brother. Originally Fort Condé and its surrounding features covered about 11 acres of land. It was built of local brick, stone, earthen dirt walls, and cedar wood. Twenty black slaves and five white workmen did initial work on the fort. If the full size fort were present today, it would take up large sections of Church, Royal, Government, St. Emanuel, and Theatre Streets in downtown Mobile.

    The Fort had been renamed several times. From 1763 to 1780, England was in possession of Mobile and the fort was renamed Fort Charlotte in honor of King George III’s wife. From 1780 to1813, Spain ruled Mobile and the fort was renamed Fort Carlota. In 1813, Mobile was occupied by United States troops and the fort again named Fort Charlotte. In 1820, Congress authorized the sale and removal of the fort and by late 1823, most above ground traces of Mobile’s fort were gone.

    The current Fort Condé, about 1/3 of the original fort recreated in 4/5-scale, opened on July 4, 1976 as part of Mobile’s United States bicentennial celebration.

    Fort Conde is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
    Admission is free.

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    Museum

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    Fort Conde is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
    Admission is free.

    The fort museum contains historic artifacts of Native Americans and Europeans and dioramas and maps which illustrate the history of the fort. Offshoot exhibit rooms called Lifeways that give visitors a taste of what Colonial life was like.

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    U.S.S. Alabama Memorial Park

    by Hermanater Updated Oct 20, 2011

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    There is a war ship , sub, aircraft and armoured vehicles at this complex. You can take a self guided tour of the warship and a shorter one of the sub. It was very cool to actually see one up close.

    This museum is not funded by the governemt and relies on donations. It is amazing what they have accomplished even after hurricane Katrina damaged some of the sircraft. We spent 3 hours there and could have spent even more time.

    I thought it was interesting that the larger guns could be accurate to 21 miles. It makes you appreciate what the marines went through for freedom. At 680 feet, 129 guns, 15000 mile range and over 2200 people on board.

    A must see......

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    Bienville Square

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    Probably the most famous plaza in Mobile is the Bienville Square. The park is named for Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Sieur de Bienville, Governor of Louisiana and founder of Mobile. It has a nice fountain, a monument to Bienville, and a gazebo. The park is open from 7 AM to 10 PM. It appears to be a popular hangout for the cities homeless; but they did not bother me when I went to the park.

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    LeVert Office

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    This building is currently the home of the Mobile Bar Association; but was originally the office of Doctor Henry S. LeVert. LeVert was the Mobile Physician from 1829 to 1864 and was instrumental in bringing modern health care to the town. This Italianate building served as a doctor’s office for almost 100 years.

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    Phoenix Fire Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    A much less visited museum, but one that I found interesting, was the Phoenix Fire Museum. The museum is housed in a restored 1859 firehouse and has a number of old fire engines, steamers, and other fire fighting displays shoehorned into the small building. The guy manning the museum when I visited was a retired firefighter and was pretty nice. Admission is free but donations are appreciated and help keep the museum running. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday.

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    Mardi Gras Museum

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    Mobile has a nice Mardi Gras Museum that doubles as a mystery dinner theater. Admission covers an unlimited wine bar (may adversely affect your mystery solving abilities), a multi-course meal, and 2 1/2 hours of hilarity and mystery provided by the Mobile Mystery Dinner Players. Nice museum too.

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    Mobile Exploreum

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    A must for families with kids or for anyone fascinated by science (like me) is the Mobile Exploreum. This magnificent museum houses over 100 hands-on displays and interactive virtual reality games that teach kids of all ages about various aspects of science and are very entertaining. A larger than life IMAX theater is onsite also. They frequently have traveling exhibits and special activities so check out their website.

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    Museum of Mobile

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    As you might imagine, since Mobile is a large city, there are quite a number of museums located here. The Museum of Mobile is one of the main ones. The Museum of Mobile is located in a building that was built in 1857 and housed the Southern Market and the Old City Hall. It has a variety of nice displays depicting the history of the area. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. If you have a large family, there is a special family pass for $20. Admission is free for kids under 6.

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    Christ Church (Episcopal)

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    The Christ Church (Episcopal) was established in 1823 and is the oldest Episcopal congregation in Mobile and the state of Alabama. The cornerstone was laid in 1835 and the building was completed in 1842 by Bishop Leonidas Polk, the Bishop of Louisiana and Alabama. Polk also served as a general in the Confederate Artillery Corps. The impressive rectory for the church was built in 1900 and is located just behind it. The church is open 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Located at the corner of Church and St Emanuel Streets.

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    Government Street United Methodist Church

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    Government Street Methodist Church

    Another beautiful and impressive church is the Government Street United Methodist Church founded in 1826. I really liked all the intricate detail work around the doors. Located a few blocks from the Admiral Semmes House just West of Broad Street.

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    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    The Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception has a long history and has been added on to several times over the years. It is a beautiful and very impressive church. The parish was established in 1703 by John-Baptiste de la Croix the Bishop of Quebec while Mobile was the capitol of the Louisiana Territory. This is the oldest congregation of any denomination in Alabama and the Mississippi Valley. The building was constructed from 1835 to 1850. A crypt for deceased bishops is located here. I was here on Good Friday so it was very crowded. Open daily 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

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    Oakleigh Historic District

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    The Oakleigh District, where the plantation was located, quickly became one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Mobile. A number of the houses near the plantation are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is well worth a little time to drive or walk through the district and look at these interesting houses.

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    Oakleigh Archives

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    There is another building onsite at Oakleigh which houses a large collection of archives with documents and photographs for more extensive research. Photography is not allowed indoors. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily.

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    Cox Deasy Cottage

    by Basaic Written Jul 4, 2011

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    The Cox Deasy Cottage is a fine example of a Gulf Coast cottage typical for a middle class family in the 1850s. It is another of the museums in the Oakleigh Museum Complex and is included in the ticket price for the Oakleigh Plantation Tour. Photography is not allowed indoors. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM daily.

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