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 2016.
A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier: January 30th
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.
26th Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast: March 5th
Explore life on ‘Isle Dauphine’ in the 1700-1800’s as a French, British and Spanish soldier. The soldiers will go through drills and fire the cannon. You will see authentic camping at the Fort. There will be demonstrations on basket weaving, open-hearth cooking and making Indian pottery. Pirates will be on hand to fire their cannon. Blacksmith Demonstration’s will be on hand all day in the Fort’s Blacksmith Shop. This and much more await the visitors to the Fort.
Community Easter Sunrise Service : March 27th
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.
Civil War Trust – Park Day 2016: April 2nd
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
WWII Living History Event: April 30th
Come and experience a day in the 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.
Thunder on the Bay 2016: May 14th & 15th
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.)
152nd Battle of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day: August 6th
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.
1st Annual Massacre Island: September 17th & 18th
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 pirates treasure.
33rd Annual Renaissance Festival GATALOP33: October 29th
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.
33rd Annual Christmas through the Ages: December 10th
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.