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Blakeley to Offer a Series of Special Boat Cruises
Exploring the History and Natural Environment of the Storied Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Historic Blakeley State Park invites you to join us for a series of special boat cruises through the scenic and historic Mobile-Tensaw Delta aboard the Delta Explorer , our 50-passenger pontoon boat. One of America's natural wonders, this incredibly diverse ecosystem is home to some of the most diverse wildlife found anywhere in North America and the setting for landmark historical events over the centuries. Experience it all from the comfort of the Delta Explorer , which features covered bench seating, a restroom facility, and is handicapped accessible. All trips are piloted by licensed captains.

To reserve your spot on any of the cruises listed below, please call 251-626-5581!

Scenic Nature Cruise and Seafood Lunch
Thursday, October 6th
10:30 AM-1:30 PM
$45 adults/$30 children

Help us celebrate the arrival fall along the Gulf Coast with a special site-seeing cruise and seafood lunch at one of the Mobile area's favorite restaurants! Departing from the Blakeley dock, we'll venture through one of the nation's most diverse ecosystems as we wind our way to The Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. We'll dine in a private room offering stunning views of the lower Delta. Afterwards we will take an alternate route back to the park as we keep an eye out for some of the area's famed wildlife, such as alligators, ospreys, bald eagles, and numerous other species of plants and animals unique to this area.

The Civil War in the Delta
Friday, November 11th
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
$25 adults/$15 children

Join us on a historic voyage of discovery along the lower Delta's scenic waterways as we explore the Civil War's “Mobile Campaign” from the rivers on which its major actions took place. Mobile was the last major city to remain in Southern hands during the war, and Union army and navy forces converged on the area around Blakeley in the spring of 1865 in an attempt to capture the town. This narrated cruise will take guests alongside the Confederate strongholds of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakeley, guardians of the approaches to Mobile and scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the war in Alabama. We will also visit the sites of Batteries Huger and Tracy, both long lost key positions in the Confederacy's defenses of Mobile, and learn about the numerous Confederate and Union warships which vied for control of area waterways during the Civil War's last major campaign.

Following the cruise, there will be a lunchtime lecture at the park's Wehle Center. Dr. Steven Trout of the University of South Alabama will help us commemorate Veteran's Day by explaining some of the many intriguing ways the fighting at Blakeley foreshadowed the type of warfare unleashed a generation later during World War I. (For guests who wish to attend the lecture, an optional lunch will be offered for $10 )

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Blakeley to Welcome “Road Scholar” Speaker Dr. Ronald Fritze for a Discussion of One of Baldwin County’s Most Enduring and Colorful Legends

Dr. Ronald Fritze, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation's “Road Scholars” Speakers Bureau, will present “Prince Madoc and the Welsh Indians: A Persistent Frontier Myth” on Sunday, October 09, at 1:00 p.m., at Historic Blakeley State Park's Wehle Center. One of the most persistent myths of the American frontier is the belief in the existence of so-called “Welsh Indians.” As far back as Elizabethan England, rumors have circulated of a mysterious adventurer from Wales who made landfall on Mobile Bay in the distant past and allied himself with the Native Americans he encountered. The truth of the story's origins is nearly as fascinating the myth itself. Both fact and fiction associated with the legend of “Prince Madoc” will be explored by Dr. Fritze in his lecture.

Professor Ronald H. Fritze earned a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University and currently serves as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. He is the author and editor of eleven books including New Worlds: The Great Voyages of Discovery, 1400-1600 and Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science, and Pseudo-Religions . Professor Fritze appeared in the series The Conquest of America on the History Channel.

Admission to the event is free to the public but guests are encouraged to register by calling 251-626-5581.

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Historic Blakeley State Park to Once Again Offer Tours of the Bottle Creek Mound Site

This December Blakeley Park offers you two opportunities to join us for a guided excursion to the famous Bottle Creek Mounds, one of the Gulf Coast's largest Native American mound centers. The tours will take place on December 3rd and December 17th ; both board at 9:30 AM at Lower Bryant's Landing (see map) and return at approximately 12:30 PM. As the site is accessible only by boat and located in the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the best opportunity for a visit is in the winter when water levels are lower and vegetation less dense.

The incredible Bottle Creek site features eighteen earthen mounds built centuries ago by Native Americans and was once of the largest communities in the region. The tallest of the mounds rises some 45 feet above the Delta marsh, ranking it among the largest of its type in the Southeast. Archaeologists from the University of South Alabama Center for Archaeological Studies will be our guide in exploration of the mound site.

Guests will board the 50-passenger Delta Explorer at Lower Bryant's Landing at 9:30 AM for the cruise to the site, then go ashore for a walking tour of the mound complex and an optional hike to the top of the tallest of the mounds before returning to the Landing. Tickets for the entire adventure are only $35 for adults and $17 for children 6-12. They may be purchased by calling Blakeley at 251-626-5581 and paying with a major credit card. As these excursions are some of our most popular, we encourage you to book your seat early!

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