DescriptionFounded upon utopian ideals, Fairhope was established in 1894 by Henry George and several families who funded the colony with a Single Tax System. Under the plan, residents hold a renewable 99-year lease on their land and own all improvements. The single tax colony pays all taxes. Civic pride and idealism still prevail as evidenced by the city's attractively landscaped streets and profusion of flowering gardens. An artistic migration accounts for the resort's many unusual downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. Every year in March, the artistic theme is carried over into the Arts and Crafts Festival of Fairhope that is held downtown and spans 3 days.
On a bluff above Mobile Bay, Fairhope's 2 miles of beach are the setting for local yachting competitions in the summer. Flounder, crab and shrimp can be caught easily during Jubilee, Mobile Bay's natural late-summer phenomenon in which bottom-dwelling marine life, delirious because of a sudden lack of oxygen in the water, head toward the shore. When alarms sound, every available bucket, cooking pot and washbasin is enlisted to harvest this seafood bonanza.
At the marina, the Fairhope Pier extends a quarter of a mile into the bay, providing good fishing and panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Visitor InfoEastern Shore Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 327 Fairhope Ave. FAIRHOPE, AL 36532. Phone:(251)928-6387
ShoppingDowntown Fairhope features art galleries and numerous antique, book, craft, clothing and gift shops.
Things to SeeEastern Shore Art Center