History Comes Alive on the Coast
Located on the beautiful scenic coastline of southern Alabama, the Gulf Shores area has much to offer. Whether you're looking to get away from it all with an Orange Beach fishing trip or spend some time enjoying the stunning shorelines in one of our Fort Morgan vacation rentals, nobody does Southern hospitality quite like us.
As well as being one of the best places to relax, the Gulf Shores area is steeped in history. Originally settled by the Seminole Indians, the area is rich with tradition and overflowing with stories waiting to be told. Whether you're a Civil War enthusiast or just looking to learn more about the pivotal role Alabama played in our nation's history, Gulf Shores vacation rentals offer the perfect way to step back through time.
Located on Mobile Point overlooking Pelican Bay, Fort Morgan has a long and storied past. This star fort was named after Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan, a decorated soldier of the 11th Virginia Regiment and former U.S. representative.
The site was captured by Confederate forces on January 3, 1861, eight days before Alabama seceded from the Union. After securing the outpost, the Confederates fortified the defenses of Mobile Bay, making it almost impenetrable. In fact, Union forces were unable to breach the defenses until the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, one of the turning points of the Civil War. Fort Morgan was named a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
In Spanish, the word "perdido" means "lost," making the area aptly named as the entrance to the bay was notoriously difficult to find, even for experienced seamen.
The Spanish galleons that prowled the waters off the coast were regularly set upon by bands of pirates, and to this day, divers and treasure hunters continue to search for the jewels of Captain Billy Bowleg. Also known as Halpuda Mikko, which means "alligator chief" in Seminole, Bowleg was the leader of the Seminole tribe during the Second and Third Seminole Wars of the 1830s and 1850s. He was eventually defeated and forced to surrender at what is now Fort Myers, Florida.
With a world of history just waiting for you to explore, Gulf Coast vacations are the perfect way to learn more about our nation's history and enjoy the stunning scenery of coastal Alabama and Florida.