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Fairhope - Fairhope Museum of History

24 North Section Street

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The Fairhope Museum of History opened to the public on April 5, 2008. The museum occupies a newly expanded building that originally served as Fairhope’s City Hall from 1928 to 1971; it remained the City’s Police Station and jail until 2002.The museum dates back to 1992, to a dedicated group of about 25 individuals, including the late Flo Simmons who was a very important early supporter. Originally, the museum was located in the historic Bell building on the Faulkner State Community College Campus.

Several years ago, museum committee members approached the City about using the old police station building, and with the help of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation, their vision became a reality.The Fairhope Historical Museum displays items depicting Fairhope’s local history, including belongings from some of the town's first residents. It displays Native American artifacts as well as exhibits on the Single Tax and the Civil War.

The museum features changing exhibits on the mezzanine as well as permanent displays. The permanent displays, mainly located on the first floor of the museum, depict a cross section of Fairhope’s history, including:

    - The Fairhope Industrial Association & Fairhope’s Founders
    - The Volunteer Fire Department
    - The Mayors of Fairhope
    - Fairhope’s Children
    - Cottages & Bungalows
    - People’s railroad
    - Local Native Americans
    - A display of the people of Fairhope
    - The Town Jail
    - The Forster Family
    - Colonial Inn
    - Clay City
    - Fairhope’s African-American History


Ricky Trione

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
The Fairhope Museum of History is a very highly recommended, "Must Visit," place on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay! There is such a wealth of amazing history of the City of Fairhope, from its beginnings. The Director, Donnie Barrett, is a lifelong resident of Fairhope. In fact, he and his twin brother, Ronnie, were born across the street where the Hampton Inn is located. Back in the 1950s the location housed the historic Jordan Clinic, where hundreds of babies were born, prior to the establishment of Thomas Hospital. I was also born at the Jordan Clinic, March 31, 1957. So, that location is very special to many of the natives of Fairhope.


Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
This place is wonderful.

Joseph L. Rivera-Ortiz

Monday, July 17, 2017
Beautiful place, amazing people! I loved it.

Gary Burge

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016
A remarkable little museum with interesting and educational exhibits about Fairhope and the area. My wife and I joined a group of Boy Scouts for a tour of the museum conducted by the museum director himself, a man who obviously loves Fairhope and its history. Hint for a fun 10 minutes: ask the director to show you how to make an arrow the correct, Native American way.

Kim Jones

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017
Great quaint museum of fairhope

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