Surround yourself with history at Fort Gaines during one of our annual events! Completed in 1861, visitors delight at this site of The Battle of Mobile Bay. Explore the grounds while hearing stories of days gone by, watch live reenactments and see a blacksmith demonstrate his craft. Appreciate today a place where simpler times and historic culture has been preserved. Below is a list of planned events for 2017.
January 28: Guarding Mobile Bay
A Day in the life of a Civil War Soldier. There will be cannon, rifle firing, drilling demonstrations, open hearth cooking and blacksmithing throughout the day. The event will be hosted by The Independent Rifles.
February 11: 21st Annual Battle of Mobile 5K Race
This 5K Race is sponsored by the Port City Pacer’s. A cannon blast at 8:30 a.m. will begin the race, the course of which will wind through the island and finish back at the fort, where an awards ceremony will take place. The Battle of Mobile Bay race is one of the area’s most popular races, with some 300 runners expected to participate and it is also a major fundraiser for the preservation of the Fort Gaines. The resident Blacksmith will be demonstrating his craft all day in the Fort’s original Blacksmith Shop.
March 11-12: WWII Living History Event
Come and experience a day in the life of a WWII soldier. The soldiers will be doing drills throughout the day; there will be authentic camping and blacksmithing in the original blacksmith shop. Learn more.
April 1: Civil War Trust-Park Day
Volunteers will help preserve this important monument to honor the brave soldiers who fought and sacrificed in the American Civil War. Pre-register at the Fort, via Facebook , or call us at 251-861-6992. Learn more.
April 16: Community Easter Sunrise Service
The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines and it is open to everyone in the community. Free admission will be given to guests from 6 to 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Those who will be attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket. Learn more.
May 20-21: “Thunder on the Bay 2017″
Come celebrate the upcoming 152nd Battle of Mobile Bay Sponsored by the 6th Alabama Cavalry and the Alabama Division of Reenactors. Saturday at 2:00 pm will be the Battle of Mobile Bay then at 3:30 a surrender ceremony, on Sunday at 1:00pm will be a Tactical. (The battle times are subject to change.) Learn more.
August 5: 153rd Battle of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day
The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The event highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The cannon will be fired every forty-five minutes in honor of the soldiers that fought in this pivotal battle. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Blacksmith demonstrations will be on hand all day in the Fort’s Blacksmith Shop.
September 16-17: 1st Annual Massacre Island
In 1711 the Pirates stormed Mobile Bay and attacked the Island that was once called Massacre Island, because of a huge pile of human skeletons that was discovered by Pierre Le Moyne. Come and see the Pirates as they pilfer and pillage Isle Dauphine and fight against Spanish and British Galleons. Who knows, you may even find a pirate’s treasure.
October 28: 34th Annual Renaissance Festival GATALOP 34
Hosted by the Society of Creative Anachronism, the Barony of Osprey will present Life in the Middle Ages. You will see Knights in Armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges. Visit with Lords, Ladies, Artist, and Medieval Merchants. Watch our resident Blacksmith demonstrate his craft in the Fort’s original Blacksmith Shop.
November 18: WWII Living History Event
Come and experience a day in the life of a WWII soldier. The soldiers will be doing drills throughout the day; there will be authentic camping and blacksmithing in the original blacksmith shop.
December 9: 24th Annual Christmas through the Ages
Experience a Christmas of “Days Gone by!” This event is a living history Day for the whole family. Come and join the soldiers from the1700’s through the 1900’s and their Families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Our visiting children will have the chance to make a seashells ornament and other decorations.