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Battle of Fort Blakeley reenactment draws thousands | WPMI

April 07, 2019
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — The reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley today had the largest attendance in several years according to organizers. Thousands of spectators showed up and 400 reenactors were on hand throughout the day authentically demonstrating Civil War weapons and soldier camp life, providing guided tours of the battlefield, and during the afternoon reenacting the largest charge to take place in Alabama during the war. “If you have even a casual interest in this region’s rich history, it will be a spectacle you will not want to miss,” said park director Mike Bunn.
Source: Battle of Fort Blakeley reenactment draws thousands | WPMI
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Blakeley State Park offers Civil War artillery and wildlife demonstrations this weekend | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

March 07, 2019
On Saturday, March 9, Blakeley State Park offers a pair of special programs highlighting the park’s unique cultural and natural heritage. First, our reenactors will demonstrate Civil War artillery on Alabama’s largest Civil War battlefield. Visitors are invited to come hear the roar of the big guns and get a hint of what the battle of fort Blakeley might have sounded like back in April of 1865!
Source: Blakeley State Park offers Civil War artillery and wildlife demonstrations this weekend | GulfCoastNewsToday.com
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A Southern Town That’s Been Holding On to Its Charm, for More Than a Century – The New York Times

March 01, 2019
A group of populist reformers from up north arrived in Alabama in November 1894 with a radical plan. Their mission: to establish an experimental utopian community inspired by the economist Henry George, whose wildly popular book, “Progress and Poverty,” influenced readers around the world in search of more equitable societies. In this case, their chosen setting was a swath of pine- and pasture-covered land perched high on a bluff overlooking Mobile Bay.
Source: A Southern Town That’s Been Holding On to Its Charm, for More Than a Century - The New York Times
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Confederate monument vandalized in Florida finds new home in Baldwin County | fox10tv.com

February 27, 2019
POINT CLEAR, Ala. (WALA) - A Confederate monument vandalized and removed from West Palm Beach now stands in a Baldwin County cemetery. Confederate Rest Cemetery in Point Clear now houses the the ten-foot-tall statue, which was erected in West Palm Beach in 1941 to memorialize Confederate soldiers. The monument was vandalized in August 2017 by someone who spray painted "KKK," "ANTIFA" and "NAZI" on the monument. West Palm Beach removed the monument from public view shortly after it was vandalized.
Source: Confederate monument vandalized in Florida finds new home in Baldwin County | News | fox10tv.com
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Baldwin County erects Confederate monument removed from Florida | WPMI

February 20, 2019
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Earlier this month a local group re-erected a confederate monument in Baldwin County that was taken down in West Palm Beach, Florida. Members of Fort Blakeley Camp 1864, Sons of Confederate Veterans tell NBC 15 news they were contacted about the monument and they thought the Confederate Rest Cemetery in Point Clear was the perfect place for it.
Source: Baldwin County erects Confederate monument removed from Florida | WPMI
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Historic Stockton home burns down, owner suspects arson

February 14, 2019

STOCKTON, Ala. (WKRG) -- A historic home in Stockton went up in flames Tuesday night, and the owner of the building thinks someone intentionally set it on fire.

The house on Cottage Hill Road has been there for 119 years, according to owner Albert Crane. He bought it in 2004 as a rental property.

The building is a total loss.


Source: Historic Stockton home burns down, owner suspects arson

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Fairhope History Museum moving forward after director fired for “performance issues” | WPMI

February 07, 2019
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — Fairhope city officials said the city's history museum is now focused on moving forward after its director was fired. The Fairhope Museum of History has a wealth of century old artifacts, photos, and interactive exhibits. It has long attracted folks looking to know more about the quaint, quickly growing city.
Source: Fairhope History Museum moving forward after director fired for "performance issues" | WPMI
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Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores | al.com

February 06, 2019
Working on tips from locals, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient canal cut through the sandy soil of the Fort Morgan peninsula 1,400 years ago. The canal, dug in 600 A.D., once ran south from Oyster Bay to the northern shore of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores. It would have served as a sort of prehistoric super highway, facilitating travel by dugout canoe from Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.
Source: Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores | al.com

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