Telling Fairhope’s Story
Telling Fairhope’s Story
The mission of the Fairhope Museum of History is to maintain collections and exhibits that tell the Fairhope story.
The museum 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 looking to create their own Utopia, the museum provides an enjoyable and informative presentation of Fairhope’s interesting history. For more information , click about Fairhope’s history, 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 other interesting displays. The mezzanine gallery has been 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 Founding of Fairhope exhibit steps back to the days of the 1890's and incorporates the successes of those who founded out town beyond those original few who arrived on the shoreline on November 15, 1894.
Each week for the past ten years the museum has brewed delicious Fairhope-grown tea allowing guests to enjoy a cup along with a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope. These popular $2-donation events have been sponsored by the Friends of the Fairhope Museum of History to support museum programs, history plaques, events and more.
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 that have been held at the museum throughout the years. Visit the Friends of the Fairhope Museum of History Facebook page or call the museum for upcoming events.
The museum is available for tours and research requests by appointment. Call for details.
Artifact Donations and Loans
The Fairhope Museum of History exists, thanks largely in part, to the individual artifacts donated by members of the public. The museum, the City of Fairhope, and the community all benefit from these generous donations, which exhibit the history, culture, and spirit of Fairhope. If any member of the public would like to donate an item to the Fairhope Museum of History, there are two simple guidelines that must be followed: the item must be approved by a director of the museum and an accession form must be completed by the time the item has been delivered to the museum. An accession form is a legally binding contract- like a bill of sale, but for donations- that transfers ownership of the item from the individual who is making the donation to the museum. Donated items must be approved by a museum director (before the transfer takes place) to ensure that the item fits within the museum’s Scope of Collection Statement.
When an item is donated to the museum, the museum makes every effort to care for and preserve the item so that it can be used for education, research, and the enjoyment of museum guests. For this reason, we ask that individuals making a donation follow the guidelines specified above to ensure this process takes place. Please do not drop-off items to the museum without taking these steps! Artifacts dropped-off at the museum without director approval and an accession form may be lost!
Some items may be temporarily loaned to the museum, as well. Loaned items follow guidelines similar to donated items: the item must be approved by a director of the museum and a loan form must be completed by the time the item has been delivered to the museum. Loan forms specify the amount of time an item will be loaned to the museum, the specific conditions of care the museum will provide to the item, insurance coverage of the item, and other specifics discussed between a museum director and the individual loaning the item (some loan conditions are flexible and vary by item).
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]
Research Request Form [PDF]
Fairhope Museum of History
24 N. Section St.
Fairhope, AL 36532
Tuesday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.