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Tour of the Lower Delta narrated by John Sledge, author of The Mobile River
Thursday, August 18th
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$40-adults/$20-children



John S. Sledge, author of the recently-published and award-winning book The Mobile River, will narrate a three-hour cruise across the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and down the Mobile River leaving a wake of history—some previously untold—behind. An authority on local history and an accomplished story teller, Sledge helps bring people, places, and events from this area’s rich past to life. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase following the tour.

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Interpretive Panel Unveiling and Guided Tours August 27, 2016

Join us at Blakeley on the morning of August 27 th as we celebrate the completion of the first phase of our interpretive signage installation project, which will allow visitors a new way to explore some of the park's most important stories. A series of illustrated interpretive panels, designed to National Park Service standards, explain key details of the park's cultural heritage.

Beginning at 8:30 AM, we are offering complimentary with regular admission three special guided tours of both the site of old Blakeley and our Civil War battlefield. Guests can join us on a walking tour through the streets of Blakeley, a ghost town that once ranked as one of Alabama's largest cities, where one of the new panels discusses the community's rise and decline. Also discussed will be the Apalachee Indian village which stood on the property a generation prior to the town's founding. Visitors can also join us for guided bus tours of our Civil War battlefield, where panels relate important details on the fortifications within the park and the desperate fighting which took place here on April 9, 1865.

(Park guests who will be taking our regularly-scheduled educational and site-seeing cruise through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta aboard the Delta Explorer that morning are welcomed to join us on the tour of their choice at 8:30, one hour before boarding)

Schedule of Events:

Guided Tours of the Town of Blakeley and the Civil War battlefield (complimentary with regular admission or tickets for the boat cruise; please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour)

Walking tours of the site of the town of Blakeley

8:30 AM-9:15 AM

9:30 AM-10:15 AM

10:30 AM-11:15 AM

Bus tours of Blakeley's Civil War battlefield

8:30 AM-9:15 AM

9:30 AM-10:15 AM

10:30 AM-11:15 AM

For more information, please call 251-626-0798

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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!

Tour of the Lower Delta
Narrated by John Sledge,
author of The Mobile River


Thursday, August 18th
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$40-adults/$20-children

John S. Sledge, author of the recently-published and award-winning book The Mobile River , will narrate a three-hour cruise across the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and down the Mobile River leaving a wake of history—some previously untold—behind. An authority on local history and an accomplished story teller, Sledge helps bring people, places, and events from this area's rich past to life. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase following the tour.

Remembering the Amtrak Tragedy
Thursday, September 22nd
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
$30-adults/$15-children

During the night of September 22, 1993 the serene beauty of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta was tragically disturbed by one of the worst disasters in American railroading history. Forty-seven people died when the Amtrak train Sunset Limited derailed on a bridge over Big Bayou Canot which had just moments earlier been accidentally struck and damaged by a barge. The tragedy riveted the attention of the nation, and spurred numerous reforms in rail travel that have saved countless lives.

As the site of the derailment is along one of Blakeley Park's most frequently-traveled wildlife site-seeing cruises, we have invited along a few Emergency Responders who worked the scene of the accident to share their memories of that moment and their impressions of its impact on our area. This special cruise into the heart of the picturesque Delta wilderness will provide guests with an opportunity to learn, share memories, and solemnly honor the lives of the victims.

Scenic Nature Cruise and Seafood Buffet
Tuesday, 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 buffet 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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