History of Fairhope
Fairhope, founded in 1894 by a group of idealists from Iowa seeking a Utopian quality of life focused on common ownership of the land called a single tax colony, now known as The Fairhope Single Tax Corp. The city evolved rapidly into one of the main centers of the Eastern Shore's commercial and cultural activity. Its founders believed that their progressive project had "fair hope" of coming to fruition and indeed the town's prominence in the area may well be due in part to its heritage of fortitude and perseverance. Fairhope has been described as having a "Carmel (California)-like" personality and has been included regularly among respected listings of the top five to ten most favorable retirement communities in the U.S.
Students from Fairhope attend schools within the highly rated Baldwin County Public School system and are zoned to Fairhope High School, Fairhope Middle School, J. Larry Newton School, Fairhope Intermediate School, and Fairhope Elementary School. Additionally, the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education serves as the local private school that caters to students in grades 1st to 8th.
Dealing with Baldwin County's growth has been an ongoing priority for the Board of Education and over the past several years the district has pursued the largest building program in the state. Each new school within this district has at least one computer lab with elementary schools offering labs equipped with reading programs and the high schools featuring labs equipped with business education programs.
Fairhope Area Colleges and Universities
For those seeking higher education, Fairhope has a branch of the University of South Alabama and Faulkner State campuses. These campuses provide graduate and upper-level courses as well as non-credit and community service programs. Fairhope is also within proximity from several other colleges and university campuses, including Bishop State Community College and University of South Alabama (both in Mobile); Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach; James H. Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette; and Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida (both in Pensacola, FL).
Recreation on the Bay
As might be expected, lifeblood of the area is Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to driving the local economy, the waters provide residents with a variety of cultural and recreational activities.
Fairhope's quarter-mile pier is an ideal place for "walkers, talkers and fishermen." The Fair Harbor Marina and Dry Dock, a public boat launching facility, is located near the pier. Private and public marinas are located throughout the area. In addition, horseback riding, boat launching facilities, tennis, parks, polo, golfing, spectator sports and cultural events can all be found along the Eastern Shore.
There are numerous golf courses in Baldwin County, and Fairhope is home to three of them: Lakewood Golf Club, Quail Creek Municipal Golf Course, and Rock Creek Golf Club. One of the highlights of the year is the "Celebrities Golf Tournament" hosted by Kenny Stabler at the Lakewood Golf Club near the Grand Hotel.
Mobile Bay is also the site of the ever popular jubilee, where many species of deep water crab, shrimp, flounder and even eels will swarm into a shallower coastal area of the bay, promising easy-to-catch seafood.
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