Located in south Alabama along the Gulf of Mexico and Bon Secour Bay, Baldwin County, is recognized as one of the premier tourism spots in Alabama. Noted Civil War sites in the county include Fort Morgan and Fort Blakeley. Because of Baldwin County’s proximity to the Gulf Coast, it was the site of some of the earliest European explorations and settlements in the South.
The Siege of Fort Morgan occurred during the American Civil War as part of the battle for Mobile Bay in 1864. Union ground forces led by General Gordon Granger conducted a short siege of the Confederate garrison at the mouth of Mobile Bay under the command of General Richard L. Page. The Confederate surrender helped shut down Mobile as an effective Confederate port city.
Admiral David Farragut had defeated the Confederate navy in Mobile Bay on August 5 and Fort Gaines, guarding the western approach to the bay, had surrendered to the cooperating Union land forces under Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger.
Swift-Coles Historic House
17424 Swift Coles Lane
Bon Secour AL 36511
This 1882 Tidewater Mansion is located on the Bon Secour River and was the home of the Charles Swift Family. It was purchased in 1976 by Nick Cole who restored the home to it original beauty. The property is now owned and operated by the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission. This beautiful 16 room mansion and grounds take you back in time to the twentieth century and life along the river. This 6000 sq ft home began in 1882 as a simple four-room structure in the bend of the Bon Secour River. In 1898, Charles & Susan Swift bought the house and brought their growing family here to begin a sawmill and lumber business that continues in south Alabama to this day. They built a sawmill on the river east of the house, and although it burned in 1913, their business continued to expand. Eleven of their children grew to adulthood here, and the house was enlarged in 1902 and in 1908.
In 1976, the home was purchased by Nicholas Coles. An entrepreneur and antiques collector, he made this his home until his death in 2007. Open Tuesday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Last tour start at 3 pm.
Waterville USA is a 20 acre waterpark and amusement park located ¼ of a mile from the beach in a beautiful resort community, Gulf Shores, Alabama. Waterville opened the original waterpark in 1986 and since that time the park has added over $10 million in new or replaced attractions. Waterville USA has the best collection of water rides on the Gulf Coast!
906 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores AL 36542
Alabama Amusement Theme Water Park Index
Deep Sea Fishing
Orange Beach Alabama
Contact Cool Breeze Charters for fishing charters and deep sea fishing in Orange Beach AL or Gulf Shores AL. Cool Breeze Charters welcomes you to the bes family fishing in Orange Beach and an unforgettable fun fishing trip with your family or group. You will leave with memories that’ll last a lifetime. You’ll have your pick of the fish when you go offshore deep sea fishing with Captain Rob Gams. He is energetic, friendly, experienced, and always safety minded. Licenses, tackle, bait, and ice will be provided on all of our trips.
Gulf Shores Alabama
Baldwin County Alabama
Gulf Shores is a coastal city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 9,741, up from 5,044 at the 2000 census. Since the year 2000, Baldwin County as a whole has experienced rapid population growth, second only to Shelby County in Alabama.