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Scheduled Regular Delta Explorer Tours

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Alabama Authors Day and Civil War on the Eastern Shore Cruise - Feb. 17th

 

On Saturday, February 17th Historic Blakeley State Park invites all those interested in the literary arts to join us for our annual “Alabama Authors Day.” A once-a-year event, this special celebration showcases the work of accomplished writers throughout the state, with an emphasis on Gulf Coast authors and those who explore topics associated with regional history and natural heritage.

This year’s lineup includes Dr. Matthew Downs of the University of Mobile (Transforming the South: Federal Development of the Tennessee Valley); Glenn Wills, independent historian and photographer from the Birmingham area, (Forgotten Alabama); Sharon D. Marsh, author and local historian (The First Florida Union Cavalry Volunteers in the Civil War: The Men and Regimental History); and Gary Mullen, Professor Emeritus of Entymology at Auburn University (editor of Phillip Henry Gosse’s antebellum-era Letters from Alabama). For more information on the authors and the focus of their acclaimed books, please visit the events page on Blakeley’s website, www.blakeleypark.com. Author presentations and booksignings begin at 11:00 AM.

Prior to this program, we will take another one of our unique “Civil War on the Eastern Shore” cruises. This 90-minute exploration of the sites on land and water where the battles for Mobile played out in 1865 is scheduled for 9:00-10:30 AM so that passengers can attend the author presentations. Tickets are only $27 for adults/$17 for kids ages 6-12.

Call 251-626-0798 for reservations.

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Arbor Week Tree Seedling Giveaway - Feb. 24th

Arbor Day’s “roots” in Alabama stretch back to 1887, when Governor Thomas Seay, a veteran of the Civil War Battle of Fort Blakeley, issued the first proclamation for the holiday. Since 1975, Arbor Week has been observed annually in Alabama during the last full week of February (Feb. 18-24 this year). Historic Blakeley State Park is once again honoring the occasion by partnering with the Alabama Forestry Commission to give away tree seedlings. Please stop by the park on Saturday, Feb. 24th to pick up seedlings. Varieties vary from year to year. 

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Champion Cypress Adventure

Who’s ready for an authentic outdoor adventure?

Historic Blakeley State Park invites nature lovers of all ages to join us on Saturday, March 3rd for its first-ever boat cruise to the site of one of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta’s most majestic wonders—the State Champion Bald Cypress tree near Bayou Jessamine. Located deep in the heart of the wild Delta, this ancient tree is the largest of its species in the state and has towered over its serene swampy habitat as silent witness to the passage of centuries. Somehow—perhaps owing to its location—it escaped the loggers’ ax. It is rarely seen in person owing to its remote location, which requires navigating up the Tensaw and hiking overland on foot.

Acclaimed local naturalist Fred Nation will be our guide on our trek to the venerable tree. Nation is an authority on area plant species and will share information on the pristine but fragile Delta habitat as we make our way to the tree’s location. The adventure requires a hike of about 40 minutes over mostly level terrain, but this will be no walk in the park! Please be advised this trip is best suited for experienced hikers. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking through brush and some puddles and bring insect repellent just in case needed.

Tickets are just $35 for adults/$17 for kids ages 6-12.

We depart at 9:30 AM from Lower Bryant Landing, about 17 miles north of the park just off Hwy. 225, and return about 12:30 PM.

For more information or to register,
please call 251-626-0798.

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Living History Day Saturday, March 17th
(Full Schedule of Events Coming Soon)

To commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, Historic Blakeley State Park will host a special day of living history and educational programming on Saturday, March 17th. Events will include Civil War artillery and rifle demonstrations, guided battlefield tours, and a lecture by noted historian Dr. Ben Severance, author of Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Alabama During the Civil War.

We will also offer our popular and unique “Civil War on the Eastern Shore” boat cruise. This historic voyage of discovery along the lower Delta’s scenic waterways explores the major battles of the Civil War’s “Mobile Campaign” from the rivers on which its major actions took place!

Look for a full agenda to be posted soon.

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