Historic Blakeley State Park
34745 State Hwy. 225/ P.O. Box 7279
Spanish Fort, Al. 36577
Phone (251) 626-0798
Explore Historic Blakeley State
Enjoy the information and brief visual preview
here on this web site. Then come to the Park itself and experience
this unique historic and nature park.
Nowhere else will you experience such a rare and
compatible combination of multiple historic sites nestled in pristine
woodlands along the Tensaw River.
Overnight in either our modern RV Apalachee
Campground with full utility hookups or in the Harper Campground for
tents and pop-ups. See �Camping� for more information and rates.
Tour the preserved Civil War battlefield with
its Confederate and Union breastworks and fortifications. Walk or bike
on miles of trails and roadways.
Learn about the fascinating animal and plant
life in the Tensaw-Mobile River Delta on one of the park's regular
two-hour eco-tours aboard its boat, the Delta Explorer. (See
Delta Explorer for details.)
The annual Blakeley Bluegrass Festival the first
Saturday of October, regular Civil War demonstrations and other
special events are scheduled throughout the year.
The Town of Blakeley is the oldest continuous
town in Baldwin County and one of the oldest towns in the State of
Alabama. Chartered in 1814 by the Mississippi Territory; re-chartered
in 1818 by the Alabama Territory; and, chartered once more by the
State of Alabama in approximately 1820� this municipality is still
in existence today.
Blakeley reached its zenith in the 1820�s when
its population hovered around 4,000, larger than its competitor city
of Mobile across the bay. There were hotels, stores, churches,
blacksmith shops, majestic homes, and the first Courthouse of present
day Baldwin County settled beautifully down by the Tensaw River�..a
bustling seaport town.
Today, the land has been reclaimed by nature.
Not a brick, nor plank of wood remains. Not a sign of human
habitation. 400 year old oak trees grace the boulevards that used to
be. The horned owl hoots through the silence. There is nothing there
to indicate that Blakeley was once a major player on the Alabama
scene. It is considered by many to be �the South�s loveliest ghost
Settled by Josiah Blakeley and others from New
England in 1814, the streets and lots were laid out in such fashion
with avenues named after Presidents and streets named fruit trees. The
Blakeley Sun, published and printed down in the town, was one of
Alabama�s earliest newspapers.
Blakeley was a prosperous and thriving entity.
However, as often happens, the tide turned and by 1830 Blakeley�s
physical status began to ebb. Yellow fever epidemics and rampant land
speculation turned the population movement towards Mobile.
With less than one hundred inhabitants Blakeley
slowly began to die out. She was temporarily resurrected again during
the Civil War years and was transformed into Fort Blakely (spelled
this way during the Civil War years) housing an army camp of upwards
to 4,000 soldiers.
Her last day of the war saw a contingent of
20,000 men fighting the last major battle of the War Between the
States. After 1865 Blakeley was no more. The land stood idle for
better than 100 years until Historic Blakeley State Park was created
In 1995 Blakeley was added to the Civil War
Discovery Trail that links more than 300 sites in 16 states to inspire
and to teach the story of the Civil War and its haunting impact on
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