City of Fairhope 125th Anniversary

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The City of Fairhope is kicking off its 125th anniversary celebration this month with a bang.

Citizens can also get involved in telling the story of the City. From now until November, submit your Fairhope story in 300 words or less and let your fellow residents know what you love most about Fairhope and why. Stories can be emailed to Please include a photo of yourself to be used with the story online at Some stories and photos will be used on the City’s social media channels during July-November.




I had lived in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota my entire life (57 years at that point).  I had never realized that a place could make me happy until my husband and I moved to Fairhope.  We discovered Fairhope when we’d come to visit my uncle who rented a place here for a few months every winter and FELL IN LOVE.  When my husband retired, we were able to move to this incredible community.  Now I can take walks at Magnolia Beach under the live oaks with swaying Spanish moss and listen to the waves lapping the shore.  We can eat at any number of amazing restaurants.  We can enjoy FREE music at many different venues like Bone and Barrel, Page and Palette and our favorite – the Live at Five at the amphitheater at Costal Alabama Community College.  We can sit in a park overlooking the gorgeous Mobile Bay and listen to the Baldwin Pops and/or the Army band while watching incredible sunsets at the Fairhope Pier.  On our first 4th of July here, we got to enjoy what my husband dubbed the “Fairhope Flyover” as we watched groups of pelicans soaring over the bay.  We can enjoy the beautiful and creative flower arrangements along our streets.  As I say my prayers each night, I thank God for the opportunity to live in this amazing city and hope I always continue to be enchanted by this magical area of Alabama. 

  • Submitted by Terri Sharpe, Fairhope Resident 


 In what other community can a one-legged Cape Codder transplant himself to the Deep South, write for The Fairhope Courier, dig into Fairhope History as a volunteer, get schooled in the South while working at the Fairhope Public Library, and top it all off by writing a book?  My wife Susan and I began our New South adventure with family already nearby in 2005.  I arrived in town like I arrive anywhere sporting a below-knee artificial leg. When I saw the late Bob Youens getting around swimmingly on his wooden peg leg, I knew I was in the right place.I landed a job writing for The Fairhope Courier. Sheila Propp gave me the keys to 325 Fairhope Avenue. I learned about my new city from the inside out. I met so many wonderful Fairhopers in a very short time.Less than a year later I decided to leave my position at the newspaper to further my education.That’s when I met Fairhope’s historical character. In 2006, Donnie Barrett gave me a key to the old Bell Building, the original home of the Fairhope Historical Museum. Since we had so few visitors, I studied the exhibits and spent my time writing about Fairhope founders.In 2007, Betty Suddeth hired me to work at Fairhope Public Library. Twelve years ago today, Betty handed me the keys to the Fairhope community. What an amazing journey I’ve been on! The library, my coworkers, patrons, and volunteers transformed my life. So what did I do? I wrote a book about it.Stump the Librarian: A writer’s Book of Legs is the culmination of my journey as an amputee, a writer, a librarian and a Fairhopian, thus far.I’ve just begun my next chapter as the new keeper of keys at the Fairhope Museum of History. What’s your Fairhope story? 

  • Submitted by Alan Samry, Fairhope Museum of History Director