March 18th - Civil War Trust’s Park Day

8:00 AM-Noon
To Register as a Volunteer call 251-626-0798

Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War — and now Revolutionary War — battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs. While Park Day is traditionally the first weekend in April, we invite you to volunteer with us a few weeks earlier this year, on Saturday, March 18 th , to help us prepare for our big reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley (April 1, 2017).

To volunteer, call 251-626-0798 or email Water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and brush clearing tools if they have them.

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Thursday, March 23rd - Scenic Nature Cruise and Seafood Lunch

10:30 AM-1:30 PM
$49 for adults/$25 for children 6-12
For reservations call 251-626-5581

Help us celebrate the arrival of spring along the Gulf Coast with a special site-seeing cruise and seafood buffet lunch at one of the Mobile area's favorite restaurants! Departing from the Blakeley dock at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 23 rd , we'll venture through one of the nation's most diverse ecosystems as we wind our way to The Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. We'll dine in a private room offering stunning views of the lower Delta. Afterwards we will take an alternate route back to the park as we keep an eye out for some of the area's famed wildlife, such as alligators, ospreys, bald eagles, and numerous other species of plants and animals unique to this area.

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Saturday, April 1st - Reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, Special Exhibition, Civil War Cruises

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
$10 for adults/$5 for children 6-12

To commemorate the 152 nd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, we have an event-filled day of exciting tours, informative educational programming, and lively demonstrations planned. This will be one of the largest reenactments of Alabama's largest Civil War battle held in several years. The event will feature reenactments of the intense skirmishing which took place along the lines at Blakeley during the week-long siege of the fort in April of 1865 and the last grand charge of the Civil War which resulted in its capture will highlight the day's events. Also included will be guided tours of the park's battlefield, weapons demonstrations, and a special exhibit of artifacts associated with the fighting at Blakeley.

Schedule of Public Events
2017 Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Souvenirs, food, and drinks may be purchased at the Wehle Center throughout the day

8:00AM   Camps Open (Union and Confederate Lines)
8:30AM   Artifact Exhibit Opens at Wehle Center
9:00AM-10:30AM   "Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort" cruise
9:00AM-10:30AM   Weapons Demonstrations and Battlefield Tours
11:00AM-12:30PM   "Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort" cruise
11:00AM   Reenactment of a Confederate Sortie (attack from defenses)
12:30PM   Lecture on Civil War artifacts at Wehle Center
1:00PM-2:30PM   Weapons Demonstrations and Battlefield Tours
3:00PM   Reenactment of Assault on Fort Blakeley
4:30PM   Camps Close (Union and Confederate Lines)
4:30PM   Artifact Exhibit at Wehle Center Closes

The Good Guys mobile food unit will be on hand all day with hot burgers, wraps, and nachos

On Saturday, April 1 prior to the reenactment of the final assault on Blakeley in the afternoon we'll also offer two special cruises along the Tensaw River focusing on the military actions here and at nearby Spanish Fort:

Saturday, April 1st
Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort History Cruise
9:00-10:30 AM and 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
$25 for adults/$15 for children 6-12
(includes complimentary admission to Reenactment events)

For reservations call 251-626-5581

Join us on a historic voyage of discovery along the lower Delta's scenic waterways as we explore the major battles of the Civil War's “Mobile Campaign” from the rivers on which its major actions took place! Mobile was the last major city to remain in Southern hands during the war, and Union army and navy forces converged on the area around Blakeley in the spring of 1865 in an attempt to capture the town. This narrated cruise will take guests alongside the Confederate strongholds of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakeley, guardians of the approaches to Mobile and scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the war in Alabama. We will also visit the sites of Batteries Huger and Tracy, both long lost key positions in the Confederacy's defenses of Mobile, and learn about the numerous Confederate and Union warships which vied for control of area waterways during the Civil War's last major campaign.

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Special Lower Delta History Cruise with John Sledge, author of The Mobile River

Thursday, April 13th
9:00 AM-Noon
$40 for adults/$20 for children 6-12
For reservations call 251-626-5581

John S. Sledge, author of the recently-published and award-winning book, The Mobile River , will narrate a three-hour cruise across the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and down the Mobile River leaving a wake of history—some previously untold—behind. An authority on local history and an accomplished story teller, Sledge helps bring people, places, and events from this area's rich past to life. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase following the tour.

Bus Trip to Old Mobile, Alabama’s First European Settlement

Saturday, April 29th
9:00-11:30 AM
For reservations call 251-626-5581

In honor of the kick-off of local efforts to celebrate Alabama's Bicentennial, Historic Blakeley State Park is offering a bus trip to one of the state's most important historic sites. On Saturday, April 29 th , we gather in the parking lot in front of Cooper Riverside Park in downtown Mobile (Water Street, adjacent to the Mobile Convention Center) to take a charter bus up to the site of Old Mobile, the original French settlement along the Mobile River founded in 1702. The town served as the capital of French Louisiana until it was relocated to the current site of Mobile in 1711. The site is not ordinarily accessible to the public, so you do not want to miss this rare opportunity!

Dr. Gregory Waselkov, director of the University of South Alabama's Center for Archaeological Studies and the man who has spent decades investigating and writing about the site, will be our guide through the streets of Alabama's first European settlement. Reflecting the historic date of the city's founding, tickets are priced at $17.02!


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