FAIRHOPE MUSEUM OF HISTORY
The Fairhope Museum of History, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and is located at 24 North Section Street.
The museum features changing exhibits on the mezzanine as well as permanent displays. The permanent displays, mainly located on the first floor of the museum, depict a cross section of Fairhopes history, including:
- The Fairhope Industrial Association & Fairhopes Founders
- The Volunteer Fire Department
- The Mayors of Fairhope
- Fairhopes Children
- Cottages & Bungalows
- Peoples railroad
- Local Native Americans
- A display of the people of Fairhope
- The Town Jail
- The Forster Family
- Colonial Inn
- Clay City
- Fairhopes African-American History
The museum plaza, which serves as a gateway between the Welcome Center, the Fairhope Public Library, and the Fairhope Museum of history features a green space for gatherings and tour groups.
The brick pavers located through the plaza were created by local artist John Rezner and made from Eastern Shore clay.
The pavers begin at the museums back door and go around the fountain and out to Bancroft Street.
There is also a large design created by Rezner at the back steps of the museum.
The fountain in the center of the plaza was funded by the Committee on Public Art (COPA) and created by local artist America Jones.
A statue of artist sculptor Craig Sheldon is also located in the plaza. Sheldon was known for his clever wood designs which were
sold to collectors across the United States. He was a colorful character who was active in environmental issues and political
commentary in his weekly newspaper column- "Knee Deep in Fly Creek". Fifteen of his "Critter" sculptures can be seen inside the museum.
Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Museum hosts a 'tea' where guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, a cookie and a
lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. These very popular afternoon events are sponsored by the Friends group. A $2
donation is requested; call the Museum for upcoming speakers and topics.
The Museum also features interactive activities for children and has files available, by request, for research projects.
The second floor of the museum is also home to a replica of the original Town Council chambers.
The museum is available for school field trips and special guided tours.
Volunteers are always needed. If interested in volunteering, for a schedule of exhibits or general questions, call Donnie Barrett, museum Director at 251-929-1474.