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Winter Birding Lunch Cruise

Wednesday, January 18th
9 AM-1 PM
$40
For reservations call 251-626-5581 and pay
with a major credit card

Come along with birding enthusiasts from throughout the Gulf Coast region as we explore one of the richest bird habitats in the nation! Expert members of the Audubon Eastern Shore Birders will help guide us in identification of the numerous species found in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The cruise departs the Historic Blakeley State Park dock at 9 AM on January 18th for a two-hour excursion through the scenic waterways of the Delta before docking at the Bluegill Restaurant on the causeway for lunch. We return to Blakeley no later than 1 PM .

Enjoy this special cruise from the comfort of the Delta Explorer , our 50-passenger covered pontoon boat. Equipped with bench seating and a restroom, the boat is piloted by licensed captains. Tickets include lunch; indicate your choice of dish from the list below when purchasing tickets:

(all choices come with beverage, fries, and slaw—gratuity included)

•  Fried Fish, Shrimp, Oyster, or Crawfish Po-Boy

•  Fish, Shrimp, or Oyster plate, served fried, grilled, or blackened

•  Grilled Chicken Sandwich

•  Bluegill Burger

 

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Saturday, February 11th - Guided Bus Tours of Blakeley’s Civil War Battlefield and Inaugural “Alabama Authors Day”

9:00 AM-Noon
To register call 251-626-5581

Join us on February 11 th for two special events focusing on Alabama's rich history. Complimentary with regular park park admission of $4 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-12, enjoy a guided bus tour of our battlefield, site of Alabama's largest Civil War battle, at either 9:00 or 9:45 (registration required for bus tours) before gathering at the Wehle Center for brief presentations and discussions with several accomplished local authors who have recently published works based in Alabama's storied past. Author presentations begin at 10:30. Book signings will follow the presentations.

Authors at this special event include:

Frye Gaillard, University of South Alabama Writer-in-Residence
Go South to Freedom

Paula Webb, University of South Alabama Outreach Librarian
Mobile Under Siege

Brendan Kirby, Lifezette.com Senior Political Reporter
Wicked Mobile

Mary S. Palmer, Faulkner University English Lecturer
George Wallace: An Enigma

Optional guided bus tours depart from the Wehle Center at 9:00 and 9:45. Register by calling 251-626-5581

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Saturday, Feb. 25th Tree Talk and Walk/Tree Giveaway

8:15-9:15 AM

Arbor Week was first established in Alabama in 1887 by Gov. Thomas Seay, a veteran of the Battle of Fort Blakeley in 1865. In honor of Arbor Week, we invite you to the park for a special 45-minute “Tree Walk and Talk” by registered forester and 4-H instructor Dean Trawick. At 8:15 AM*, we'll hike the park's new “Champion Tree Trail” and learn about the incredible diversity of tree species in the park, as well as get a chance to view two current State Champion trees. State Champions are the largest trees of their particular species in the state. Throughout the day, all guests to the park are encouraged to take free tree seedlings provided through a partnership with the Alabama Forestry Commission. The tour is complimentary with regular park admission of $4 for adults/$3 for kids ages 6-12.

*Immediately after the “Tree Walk and Talk” we have a two-hour narrated Nature Cruise scheduled to explore the scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The tour departs the Blakeley dock at 9:30 AM and returns at 11:30 AM. CLICK HERE for Delta Explorer information.

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March 9th and March 11th - Events Associated with the Special Program “The Eastern Shore: The Place and the People”

Thursday, March 9th
Lecture at Spanish Fort Public Library
(7361 Spanish Fort Blvd.)
6:00 PM
FREE to the public

Throughout 2017, Historic Blakeley State Park will be partnering with the Spanish Fort Public Library for a series of special events as part of a unique program entitled “The Eastern Shore: The Place and the People.” The program is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. It will feature public lectures and discussions with leading scholars from across the state, guided tours of important local historic sites, a teacher enrichment workshop in the summer, and a special interactive program for children held in conjunction with the 2017 national summer reading program. These educational events are designed to help facilitate both understanding and exploration of important local stories that collectively provide the area its unique sense of place.

On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Spanish Fort Public Library at 6 PM , two of Alabama's premier experts in their fields will discuss Eastern Shore's original inhabitants and the environment they called home. Dr. Greg Waselkov , Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Alabama and the Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies, as well as author of dozens of report on area archaeological sites and books including A Conquering Spirit, Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-14 and Old Mobile Archaeology , will focus his remarks on the Woodland and Mississippian peoples which resided in the area centuries ago, giving particular attention to the nationally-important nearby Bottle Creek mound complex. Appearing on the program with him will be Dr. Kathryn Braund , Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, for a discussion of Native American occupation of the Eastern Shore in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Braund is author of Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815 , History of the American Indians , and editor of Bernard Romans' Concise Natural History of East and West Florida , William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians , and Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812.

FREE to the public

Saturday, March 11 th
Lecture and Tour at Historic Blakeley State Park
9:00 AM
Complimentary with regular park admission, or free to those who attend March 9 th lecture or Delta Adventure Cruise

On Saturday, March 11 th at 9 AM* the Park welcomes Dr. Ramie Gougeon, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of West Florida, for a discussion of the Native Americans which called its grounds home over 2,000 years ago. An expert in the Woodland time period (ca. 1,0000 BC to ca. 1,000 AD), Dr. Gougeon is author of several articles on the culture and environment of the peoples of that era, and has conducted numerous archaeological investigations of Woodland occupation sites. Dr. Gougeon will speak at the Wehle Center, and afterward lead a short walking tour exploring the environment in which Blakeley's “first residents” lived.

The lecture is complimentary with regular park admission of $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12 and FREE to those who attend the March 9 th lecture at the Spanish Fort Public Library and those taking our 10:30 AM Nature Cruise.

*At 10:30 AM we have a two-hour narrated Nature Cruise scheduled to explore the scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The tour returns at 12:30 PM. CLICK HERE for Delta Explorer information.

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March 18th - Civil War Trust’s Park Day

8:00 AM-Noon
To Register as a Volunteer call 251-626-0798

Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War — and now Revolutionary War — battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs. While Park Day is traditionally the first weekend in April, we invite you to volunteer with us a few weeks earlier this year, on Saturday, March 18 th , to help us prepare for our big reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley (April 1, 2017).

To volunteer, call 251-626-0798 or email blakeleypark@aol.com. Water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and brush clearing tools if they have them.

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Thursday, March 23rd - Scenic Nature Cruise and Seafood Lunch

10:30 AM-1:30 PM
$49 for adults/$25 for children 6-12
For reservations call 251-626-5581

Help us celebrate the arrival of spring along the Gulf Coast with a special site-seeing cruise and seafood buffet lunch at one of the Mobile area's favorite restaurants! Departing from the Blakeley dock at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 23 rd , 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.

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Saturday, April 1st - Reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, Special Exhibition, Civil War Cruises

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
$10 for adults/$5 for children 6-12

To commemorate the 152 nd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, we have an event-filled day of exciting tours, informative educational programming, and lively demonstrations planned. This will be one of the largest reenactments of Alabama's largest Civil War battle held in several years. The event will feature reenactments of the intense skirmishing which took place along the lines at Blakeley during the week-long siege of the fort in April of 1865 and the last grand charge of the Civil War which resulted in its capture will highlight the day's events. Also included will be guided tours of the park's battlefield, weapons demonstrations, and a special exhibit of artifacts associated with the fighting at Blakeley. Look for a complete schedule of events to be posted soon.

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