The city of Fairhope is built on history and has many interesting facts. From the history of the Grand Hotel to the flower clock, there is nothing boring about this area! Fairhope is known for its Utopia foundation and coastal feel. Take a look at some fascinating facts about Fairhope.
The Grand Hotel
The locals in Baldwin County know that this hotel is a hidden gem; however, a lot of people don’t know the history behind it. This hotel opened its doors in 1847 and was constructed in the years prior to the civil war. This hotel originally had 40 guestrooms and only two floors. In 1865 this military center was turned into a hospital for Confederate soldiers. After the Civil War ended, the hotel returned to its normal business. In 1944, the hotel owner decided to turn the hotel over the Army Air Force to use as its Maritime Training School. Once the war was over, the Grand Hotel returned to its business once again and today the hotel performs a processional that begins in the lobby and goes around the grounds until it reaches its end at the cannons that are fired at 4:00 every evening in honor of the military.
Fairhope’s Famous Flower Clock
When you enter the city of Fairhope you will notice a stunning clock that uses flowers as its backdrop. This landmark was the idea of an outstanding resident, Mr. Lawrence Curtis Tuck, who wanted to give back to the community when he passed away. Once Mr. Tuck passed away in 1989, his family donated this beautiful clock to the city in his memory.
“Aboriginal Sealife” Wall Mural
Locals and visitors know this mural well. It is located at Fairhope Avenue and Church Street, in the heart of downtown Fairhope. Ameri’ca Jones created this artwork more than 10 years ago and it took her six weeks straight to complete it. In 2014, Ameri’ca Jones refurbished the iconic piece to breathe new life into it.
The city of Fairhope was originally founded in 1908 with roughly 500 residents. Fairhope was founded on the Single Tax philosophy created by Henry George. The founders believed this philosophy would give this area a “fair hope” at being successful. The founders settled on the bluff near the pier where they bought the land for $5.50 per acre and hoped to create a utopian society. Today, many people find this area to be charming and a place to be inspired.