With its first settlers arriving in 1702, the city of Mobile is rich in history as it has existed under five flags, survived wars, and emerged into the modern era. While there are many ways to take in the city’s history, visiting its beautiful historic homes is one of our favorites. See the grandeur of the South, its architecture, and hear stories of each home’s dwellers. Mobile's historic homes offer visitors a keen understanding of locals' lives and Southern tradition through the centuries.
Located downtown, the Condé-Charlotte House began as Mobile's first courthouse and jail. Today, it stands as a museum, guiding you through Mobile’s history under five flags, French, English, Spanish, Confederate, and American. A short distance from downtown in the historic De Tonti Square District, the Italianate-style Richards-DAR House Museum is known for its cast-iron façade depicting the four seasons and is host to a variety of Revolution-era artifacts. For a trip just outside the city, the Bellingrath Home boasts sixty-five acres of beautiful famed gardens. Built and owned by Walter Duncan Bellingrath in 1935, one of the first to bottle Coca-Cola, guided tours offer views of the 10,500 square foot home along with the family’s art, china, silver, history with Coca-Cola, and gorgeous views of Fowl River. Under the dreamy oaks of Springhill Avenue, the Greek Revival-style Bragg-Mitchell Mansion tells stories of Mobile’s social traditions and culture. Nestled in the Historic Oakleigh Garden District, The Historic Oakleigh Complex consists of the Oakleigh Mansion, the Cox-Deasy Cottage Museum and the Minnie Mitchell Archives. Built by James W. Roper in 1833, the home has seen many owners through the 1980s with every room telling the stories of each.
Don’t miss this unique chance to walk through history. See each attraction listed below to find directions, hours, contact information, and plan your visit.