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There are no theme parks here, just a shoreline with panoramic views. Instead of souvenir shops, there are fashionable boutiques and galleries. Lodgings for visitors are bay cottages, small inns, cozy bed & breakfasts, and a world class southern resort. It's a one of a kind place to visit and a wonderful place to live.
The friendly towns combine the charm of the old South with modern living, making it a great place to raise a family or retire. The lifestyle is slow paced. People actually take time to talk to their neighbors but the area also has an active cultural life, with concerts, art galleries, community theater, festivals, and fine restaurants.
Fairhope is best known for its romantic, sweeping views of Mobile Bay and the storybook charm of its shops and flowers. But its captivating beauty doesn't just lie on the surface. When you explore what is at the heart of the town, you can more fully appreciate its true character.
The town's founders, proponents of an economic experiment called "single tax," came from all over the U.S. looking for their utopia. They settled here in 1894 with "a fair hope of success" and a clear vision for the future. They set aside land as parks for all to enjoy, on the beautiful bluffs overlooking Mobile Bay, and in other places through town. Today, those early parks are part of the City of Fairhope's extensive parks system, and the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation still exists as a vital component of the community.
Fairhope's heritage as a resort community began soon after the town's founding, when wealthy Mobilians traveled here by Bayboat. Visitors came to Fairhope then for the same reasons they do today - pleasant climate, peaceful surroundings, and inspiring scenery. There has been a grand southern resort on the site of today's Marriott Grand Hotel in nearby Point Clear since the early 1800s.
From the very beginning, Fairhope has attracted creative, cultivated, and freethinking people. Today as in years past, many artists, writers, and craftsmen call Fairhope home. Fairhope is also a city of volunteers - more than 70 percent of the city's residents report involvement in some type of volunteer work. Newcomers have always been welcomed in Fairhope. Come join us, and find out why Fairhope is special.
Fairhope and the surrounding area has been witness to many events in history. Native Americans came to the high bluffs overlooking the Bay for spiritual retreats; Spanish Conquistadors explored and settled the shoreline (evidenced by the nearby community of Spanish Fort); and the French established a stronghold in Mobile, just across the Bay, which celebrates its Tricentennial in 2002.
Fort Morgan, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, was first established in 1559. A wooden fort was built on the site in 1803 and in 1820 replaced by brick that was made in the Fairhope area in a brick plant that is still in operation today. One of the last major battles of the Civil War was fought at nearby Blakeley, and during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, Admiral Farragut gave his famous orders, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
Fairhope and the Eastern Shore remained somewhat isolated, accessible mainly by Bayboats, until the construction of the Causeway from Mobile in the 1920s. Some 50 years later, the completion of I-10 (just 10 miles north of Fairhope) provided easy access to the rest of the Southeast. Today, major airports are just an hour away in Mobile or Pensacola; even the "Big Easy," New Orleans, is less than three hours away.