From Civil War reenactments in Alabama to candlelight Civil War tours, special events highlighting the historical events in Alabama can be found at sites along the trail throughout the year. Whether at a major attraction on trail or at one of the many additional Alabama Civil War sites, there are lots of opportunities to add one of the area’s events to your visit. Seasonal tours, living history demonstrations and annual Civil War reenactments in Alabama top the list of popular activities.

34th Annual Christmas Through the Ages

12/08/2018 - 12/08/2018
51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL


Christmas through the Ages, a living history day for the whole family, is scheduled at Fort Gaines. Come and experience a Christmas of days gone by. Join the soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas. Visiting children will have the chance to make a seashell ornament and other decorations.

Swift-Coles Historic Home Christmas Open House

12/08/2018 - 12/08/2018
17424 Swift-Coles Lane, Bon Secour, AL


The community is invited to share in the holiday season at the Dec. 8 Christmas Open House at the Swift-Coles Historic Home in Bon Secour.
The beautiful 16-room historic tidewater mansion and grounds that overlooks the Bon Secour River will be historically decorated in a “Bon Secour Christmas” theme. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission will include a full tour of the home, arts and craft vendors, refreshments and entertainment. The entertainment line-up includes Melody Duncan & Sherrie Lynn.
The historic home was originally built around 1882 as a four room dog trot home; in 1898 the Charles A. Swift family moved into the home. As the Swift family grew in size the home was expanded to its current 6,000 square feet which includes 16-rooms, 10 fireplaces and 3,500 square feet of porches that look out onto the homes grounds. In 1976, Nicholas Coles purchased the home and began a lengthy and thorough restoration. Upon his death, the Swift-Coles Home was willed to the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission.

Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer

01/26/2019 - 01/26/2019
65 Government St., Mobile, AL


In the tradition of years past, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is proud to announce a return to major blockbuster exhibitions in the Spring of 2019. On the scale of its China and Pompeii exhibits, the Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with one of history’s most prolific and controversial figures – Genghis Khan.

Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world’s most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator in the exhibition Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer opening at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Curated and developed by dinosaur expert Don Lessem, the exhibition features more than 300 spectacular objects on display, including rare and sophisticated weapons, costumes, jewels, ornaments, instruments and numerous other fascinating relics and elaborate artifacts from 13th-century Mongolia. “I went to Mongolia to look for fossils and discovered the truth about Genghis Khan, a civilizing genius,” said Lessem. “It’s a great story best told in a major exhibition.”

Experience life in 13th-century Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds and marketplaces of a vanished world that was once the largest land empire in history. Explore Genghis Khan’s life and those of his sons and grandsons during the formation, peak and decline of the Mongol Empire.

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.
However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China and opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

WWI Photo Gallery Living History Event

07/02/2019 - 07/02/2019
110 Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL


Photo galleries to include domestic life, recreation, military training, medical and cavalry at Fort Morgan during WWI will be stationed inside the fort.  There will be living history participants, dressed in period clothing, stationed throughout to answer questions and provide additional information.