I recently spent a couple of days in Mobile, Alabama, and one of my favorite experiences was a visit to The Fort of Colonial Mobile.
A little back story for you…
Mobile was first established by the French in 1702, as as Fort Louis de la Mobile, and was the oldest permanent settlement in the original Colony of French Louisiana. In 1723, construction of a new brick fort with a stone foundation began, renamed later as Fort Condé in honor of Louis Henri de Bourbon, duc de Bourbon and prince de Condé.
The area remained under French rule until 1763 when the they lost the French and Indian War, and all territory east of the Mississippi River was ceded to England. At this time, Fort Condé was renamed Fort Charlotte in honor of King George III’s wife.
The Spanish Governor Galvez in New Orleans captured Mobile in 1780 from the British during the Revolutionary War, and the fort was renamed Fort Carlota.
That lasted until 1813 when the town was captured by the United States under General Wilkinson, and it was removed then demolished when it was no longer needed.
Why the brief history lesson here? Because in the heart of downtown Mobile is The Fort of Colonial Mobile, a 4/5-sized replica of that fort. Visitors can learn about the history of the fort, which occasionally changes flags to reflect all the governments the fort operated under.
It was being renovated when I visited, but there is a self-guided walking tour of the fort, including the opportunity to climb the walls and have photo ops with the cannons, and a room where you can try on colonial outfits to get a feel for what it was like.
An Escape Room will open this month, with stories based on the fort’s history, as well as a shooting gallery.
All this for just $8 for adults and $5 for kids. The big kid in me loved the fort, and the history buff in me loved the tour as well as the visual of sitting on a bench on the wall seeing the modern skyscrapers jutting up past the historical walls of the fort.
The lower level is wheelchair accessible, but I didn’t see an elevator to the top of the wall walkway.
For more information on The Fort of Colonial Mobile, visit colonialmobile.com.
Disclaimer: I was hosted by Visit Mobile for a post-TBEX fam trip along with several other bloggers. As always, my opinions are honest, and my own.
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