Historical Parks 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 battle became recognized as one of the most horrendous battles in U.S. history. The Fort Mims Restoration Association will be commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Fort Mims Battle in 2013.
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.
Attractions 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 North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
Arts & Entertainment 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. 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.
Events Christmas Fest, hosted by the Chamber, falls on the second Friday and Saturday of December. This two-day festival is highlighted with a parade, entertainment, arts and craft vendors and lots of wonderful food.
Mardi Gras is one of the community’s annual favorites. The Saturday before Fat Tuesday, The Bay Minette Mystic Revelers host a parade, and Mardi Gras ball that 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 500-plus cyclists and raises more than $50,000.
Red, white and blue fly proudly in Bay Minette every Independence Day. The Bay Minette Rotary Club hosts 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.
Late September offers adventure seekers the challenge of the Delta Dash. The Delta Dash is a 5k+ obstacle course mud run through the delta of Stockton. It is hosted by The Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce to raise money to benefit their education initiatives. For more information visit www.deltadash.org.
The Halloween Downtown Family Carnival is held every year and includes 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.
Lodging 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 is infused with warm, friendly character. Dedicated to their visitors, the inn provides a complimentary continental breakfast, swimming pools and amenities, including cable TV, with HBO, refrigerators and microwaves.