Since 1834 Fort Morgan has stood as the guardian of Mobile Bay. The military site and National Historic Landmark is located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores.

Construction began in 1819, but due to its isolated location, the fort was not completed until 1834. Skilled masons, many of which were enslaved African Americans, built the fortification which contains more than 46 million cubic yards of bricks.

Fort Bowyer preceded Fort Morgan at Mobile Point. Fort Bowyer was constructed by the U.S. Army during 1813 to guard against possible British attack. This small log and sand fortification was attacked twice by the British during the War of 1812. The first attack made by four British warships and a combined force of British Royal Marines and Creek Indians came on September 15, 1814. The ensuing battle was a total American victory. One warship, the H.M.S. Hermes was sunk, and the marines and Creek Indians were forced to withdraw. During a second battle which took place during early February 1815, a combined British land and naval force forced the vastly outnumbered American troops to surrender the fort. By the terms of the treaty that ended the War of 1812, the British had to return Fort Bowyer to the United States.

Blue Star Museum: Fort Morgan proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Come experience Fort Morgan, famous for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. It was here on August 5, 1864, Union Admiral David Farragut ordered his fleet to charge the heavily mined bay. "Damn the torpedoes!" said Farragut.

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Fort Morgan is available for special events. Camping is available for Scout troops only.



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Amount Ticket
$8 Adult
$5 College Students, Seniors, Child (6-18 years)
$20 Family of Four - 2 adults, 2 children
FREE Military - Active, Reserve, or Retired with ID
$3 School groups per person
Boat launch $2/day, $10/week, $25/month
Wedding - ceremony only $1,000
Wedding - ceremony with reception $2500
After hours events, other than weddings $1000
Scout Camping  
Scouts $4/night per person
Adult $15/night
Scout Masters (up to 2 per group) Free

Fort Morgan is at the western end of Hwy 180, 22 miles west of Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores. You can reach the site from Dauphin Island by riding the Mobile Bay Ferry.

51 Hwy 180 West, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542


Site Director: Heather Tassin

Administration Office (open Mon-Fri): 251-540-5257
Heather Tassin (Director), and Wendy Hyatt (History/Museum Curator).

Gift Shop: (open 7 days a week) 251-540-7127

Museum: 251-540-5257