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The Stakes: 1814

In the late summer of 1814, a year after the massacre at Fort Mims and five months after the Creek defeat at Horseshoe Bend, Gen. Andrew...

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Known as the Guesnard House, the brick Italianate structure has occupied that corner since 1859. Its architect was Scottish-born David Cumming Jr., whose sister, Kate,...

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James Conning was a New York-born jeweler who had established himself on Dauphin Street in the 1840s. Early advertisements assured customers of a “large and elegant assortment of...

French Plantation Life on the Mobile River

Throughout the Port City’s long colonial century (1702 - 1813), there were plantations all around the Bay area. These were not like the enormous cotton farms of...

Big Stage, Big Names

The Civic Center Arena, originally named Municipal Auditorium, has hosted some of the most legendary musicians and groups in the nation. Keeping with the spirit of...

The Mississippian Period

Long before Europeans first trod these shores, Native Americans were here. In the beginning, they were simple hunter-gatherers, subsisting on what they could take from...

An Independent Woman

For all the delights of my first trip to New York City in 1964, the summer I turned 11, none was greater than having my big...

Ask McGehee: What’s the history of The Antoinette Apartments on Government Street?

In August of 1911, Mobile’s Register reported “work commenced last week on dismantling of the Government Street home which was occupied by Augusta Evans Wilson. The handsome...

Ask McGehee: Has Mobile ever had a white Christmas?

Although snow along the Gulf Coast is a bit of a phenomenon,  it does occur, but unfortunately seldom in December. There have been a few exceptions. On Dec. 31,...

The Canoe Fight

This month marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most storied incidents in Alabama history, the Canoe Fight. It took place during the bloody Creek War,...

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