Introduction to Fairhope, Alabama
Fairhope, Alabama, in Baldwin county, is 14 miles SE of Mobile, Alabama (center to center) and 135 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is included in the Mobile metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 12,480 people lived in Fairhope.
The City of Fairhope was founded in 1894 as a utopian single tax colony. It was established by the "Fairhope Industrial Association" on the site of the former City of Alabama. Since it was a model community based on the common ownership of land, and was created with a "fair hope of success", it was christened "Fairhope" by the Midwesterners. The School for Organic Education was established in the city in 1907 by educator Marietta Johnson. Fairhope was incorporated in 1908. In the early 1900s, the city became a popular wintering spot for intellectuals and artists.
Fairhope and nearby Attractions
- Municipal Pier
- Marietta Johnson Museum
- Mobile Botanical Gardens
- Meaher State Park
- Fort Gaines
- Phoenix Fire Museum
Things To Do In Fairhope
While in Fairhope, people can visit the historic sites and museums like Bragg-Mitchell House, Carlen House, American Sport Art Museum, and Gulf Shores Museum, all of which are located within 20 miles of the city. Fort Gaines, another historic site close to Fairhope, is a mid-19th century fort which played an important role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Golfers may enjoy a visit to the Quail Creek Golf Course and Rock Creek Golf Club. The Del-Fair Shopping Center, Baldwin Square Shopping Center, and Eastern Shore Shopping Center, are popular shopping malls in the area. The city also celebrates the internationally acclaimed Arts & Crafts Festival, a three day event offering live entertainment and unique cuisine on the streets of Fairhope.
Air transportation is available from the Mobile Regional Airport.
Fairhope Higher Education
The University of South Alabama-Baldwin is located in Fairhope. The James H Faulkner State Community College, Pensacola Junior College, and Bishop State Community College, are also nearby.