Historic Blakely State Park was the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Previously, it was home to Native Americans, a French settlement and a seaport town. Today, a multitude of historical war remnants remain on the park’s more than 3,800 acres, the largest National Register Site east of the Mississippi River. Blakeley Park houses more than 10 miles of nature trails, bicycle and horse paths.
Historic Fort Mims State Memorial Park is the site of the Battle of Fort Mims, where more than 500 soldiers and civilians lost their lives to the Creek Indians in August 1813. This virtually unknown fort became recognized as one of the most horrendous battles in U.S. history.
Bicentennial Park is a 367-acre park containing a two-mile nature trail with overlooks onto preserved wetland areas, which feature a unique natural habitat and home to a wide range of indigenous wildlife.
The Baldwin County courthouse building was completed in the early 1900s. Since its initial construction as a school, the building was renovated to accommodate the county government, whose offices are located there.
The Chambless-Biggs House dates back to the 1890s. It was the home of the first postmaster of Lottie, Robert Chambless, and is now listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Constructed in the early 1800s, the David Moniac-Driesbach House was the home of a significant figure in North Baldwin’s history. Moniac was the first Native American to graduate from West Point Military Academy.
The David Tate Plantation Site and Frank Earle House was not only a training depot for the soldiers of the Civil War; it’s the supposed location where Andrew Jackson ended his term in the Army to become president.
The Cantonment Montpelier Site proved to be vital for the fallout after the Battle at Fort Mims from 1817-1821. Training took place at nearby David Tate’s Plantation and barracks were built to house soldiers.
Fort Pierce and Pierce Mills Site was a community kept alive during the Creek Indian Wars. This industrious village was comprised of several mills and the state’s first public school.
L&N Railroad Depot, built around 1904, is now home to the Chamber of Commerce. A 13-inch Civil War mortar weighing more than 17,000 pounds is located here. This Spanish Fort Historical Marker denotes the location of one of the final major battles of the Civil War, which took place in 1865.
The Major Robert Farmar Plantation Historical Marker stands at the location of notable and influential resident Robert Farmar. He served in the military forces from 1763-1765, then worked as a government official from 1769-1778.
The North Baldwin Community Concerts organization encourages exhibition of the arts. Musical concerts and theatrical productions are primarily presented at the L.D. Owen Performing Arts Center at Faulkner State Community College.
Enjoy hours of bowling excitement with regular play or go extreme with cosmic bowling at Strike City Lanes. Taste delicious options at the grill, or have a sweet treat at Ice Cream Alley and more. If you’re not in the mood for bowling, visit the city’s skating rink, outdoor skate park, pool or baseball park.
Best Friends Art Gallery, located one street east of courthouse square, exhibits and sells a variety of fine art work. Custom framing and art classes are also available at the art gallery.
Christmas Fest, hosted by the Chamber, is always the first weekend of December. Sparkling with lights, this occasion brings together residents and visitors to share in cheer and camaraderie. Some of the highlights include a parade, arts and craft vendors and lots of wonderful food.
Blueberries and Bluegrass is a southern event held at Halliday Park the second Saturday of June, when local blueberry farmers harvest varieties of delicious blueberries. During the day, craft and food vendors of all sorts peddle their wares. In the evening, the festival turns over to bluegrass, with bands from Baldwin and surrounding counties performing at the historic L & N Train Depot.
Mardi Gras is one of the community’s annual favorites. The Saturday before Fat Tuesday, The Bay Minette Mystic Revelers host a parade, complete with professionally designed floats, local bands and organizations like the Shriners. That evening, the Mardi Gras ball is replete with traditional ceremonial regalia and lots of entertainment.
The Stockton Civic Club holds its annual Wild Game Cook-Off in April at the Stockton Community Center. Guests sample exotic wild game dishes alongside traditional hunting and fishing camp favorites. Bid on live and silent auctions, and enjoy homemade cakes and desserts from local bakers.
Every February the Heritage Junior Women’s Club hosts its annual Chili Cook Off at the Bay Minette Kids’ Park. Partnered with the Bay Minette Rotary Club, the event consists of a morning 5K “Chilly” run followed up with the chili cooking competition.
RIDEYELLOW is a charity bike ride to raise money for cancer research hospitals and foundations. Typically held the third Saturday of June at Halliday Park, the event draws 400-plus cyclists and raises more than $40,000.
Red, white and blue fly proudly in Bay Minette every Independence Day. The Bay Minette Rotary Club hosts this event. A darkened night sky is accented by a riveting fireworks display at Simmons Field.
The last weekend in August brings the Fort Mims Living History Weekend to Tensaw. This event includes a reenactment of the Fort Mims Battle and the Burnt Corn Battle Reenactment with participants donning period dress and weapons. Food, beverages and live music make this event educational and enjoyable.
Early Fall rings in festival season and Kids’ Day in Bay Minette. The local Kiwanis Club sponsors a parade, a barbecue lunch and kid-friendly games. Kiwanis also puts on the annual “Pigout in the Park” and Pancake Breakfast with Santa during Christmas Fest.
Another October event is the Halloween Downtown Family Carnival, highlighted by a costume contest and trick-or-treating. Hosted by the Bay Minette Civic Club, the proceeds earned from the carnival are donated to the community’s White Christmas Gift Program.
From hotels to motels to bed & breakfasts and inns, the options are plenty in the county. Shoreline condos in the Gulf Shores area are privy to spectacular balcony views of the Gulf of Mexico, while local camping grounds are also available.
Lodging in Bay Minette is quaint and homey. The Windwood Inn and Log Cabin Inn are infused with warm, friendly character. Dedicated to their visitors, the inns provide a complimentary continental breakfast, swimming pools and amenities, including cable TV, with HBO, refrigerators and microwaves.
Within 20 minutes of Bay Minette, visitors can rest easy with the award-winning hospitality of the Eastern Shore’s newest hotels, the Courtyard Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott in Spanish Fort. These hotels offer amenities such as free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness facilities and a 24/7 self-serve Market Pantry.