Telling Fairhope’s Story
The Fairhope Museum of History collects artifacts from Fairhope’s unique past, preserves them for future generations and educates through exhibitions and programming about “all things Fairhope.” From Fairhope’s earliest residents, the Native American Indians, to the potters who were attracted to the abundant, high quality clay, to the Single Taxers searching for Utopia, to today, the museum provides an enjoyable and informative presentation of Fairhope’s interesting history. For more information, click here.
The museum is located in the heart of downtown Fairhope and occupies the historic circa 1928 Spanish mission-style building which once served as City Hall. Renovated and expanded, and operated by the City of Fairhope, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission. (251) 929-1471
The museum features permanent exhibits of Fairhope’s unique history including Fairhope’s founders, the Single Tax theory, the town jail, the Jubilee phenomenon and many more interesting displays. The mezzanine gallery is used for large changing exhibits such as Civil War in Baldwin County, Stewart the Picture Man, History of Pottery on the Eastern Shore, Fairhopians who fought in WWII and the Bay Boat years on Mobile Bay.
The new Founding Fairhope Exhibit now open at the Fairhope Museum of History, steps back to that one day in 1894 and incorporates the successes beyond those original few on the shoreline. The true founders were those who made Fairhope happen!
Every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., the museum hosts a tea where guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. These popular afternoon events are sponsored by the Friends of the Fairhope Museum of History. A $2 donation is requested.
The Elderberry Festival, Round-Up (Founder’s) Day, bus and walking tours of historic Fairhope and the Satsuma Blossom Festival are just some of the events held at the museum throughout the year. Check our Facebook page or call the museum for upcoming events.
The museum is available for school field trips, group tours and special guided tours. In addition, research requests are accommodated by appointment. Call for details.
Friends of the Fairhope Museum of History
The Friends group helps support programming and outreach activities and sponsors museum events. An informative newsletter is published bi-monthly here.
Tea Speakers [PDF]
Fairhope Museum of History
24 N. Section St.
Fairhope, AL 36532
Tuesday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.