Fairhope is one lucky city. We get to celebrate our Centennial not once, but twice. In 1994, the city celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Fairhope Colony of the Single Tax Association. This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the City of Fairhope.
“The original colony grew and prospered and because of that, more and more people moved here. Eventually there was interest in forming a town government separate from the Single Tax Colony,” said Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant. “On April 25, 1908, the town of Fairhope was incorporated, with Dr. Harry S. Greeno as the first Mayor. This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the City of Fairhope, but we also look forward to the future. I’m proud that just as in 1908, our downtown is still an exciting, vital place for business and a place for our residents to enjoy.”
The City of Fairhope and the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation worked
together on the new Fairhope Museum of History that will be a
centerpiece of the centennial celebration.
“The opening of
the new museum is the highlight of the centennial celebrations, but it
will be a wonderful permanent addition to Fairhope, for visitors and
locals alike,” said Donnie Barrett, museum director. “We are taking the
best of all the wonderful historic artifacts and documents that we have
and presenting everything in the most professional manner possible. One
thing I’m very excited about it a reproduction of the Fairhope wharf.
Visitors will walk into the museum just as if they were stepping off a
bay boat in 1928.” The museum opens with a special family day on April
5, and will be open daily with free admission.
surrounding the City’s Centennial begin in February and continue
throughout the year. For information, call 251-929-1466.
Music & Movies
March 1 & 8
Fairhope Faulkner Campus, Downtown Fairhope
music by local musicians will be followed by a short historical movie
and a family-friendly feature presentation. Music starts at 5:45. Bring
lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available from the
Rotary Club of Fairhope. No admission charge. For information on movie
titles visit www.cofairhope.com and click on special events or call
Museum Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, April 5, 10am to 2pm
public is invited to the ceremonial grand opening of the Fairhope
Museum of History. The day’s activities include a ceremonial ribbon
cutting at 10 a.m. with Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant, the Fairhope City
Council and the Fairhope Single Tax Association, unveiling of the Craig
Sheldon statue in the plaza, story telling at the museum and at the
Fairhope Public Library, folk dancing and music in the plaza,
children’s activities, and much more. Free admission.
April 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Downtown galleries open, serving refreshments.
Free admission/trolley service. Downtown Fairhope.
Centennial Display “A Brush with the Past”
Centennial Concert with Baldwin Pops
April 25, 6:30 p.m.
On the Bluff, overlooking the Fairhope Pier
Celebrate the City’s actual day of incorporation with music from Baldwin Pops.