Location & Fort Morgan

   
The Little House by the Bay is located on two acres, with 160 foot of water frontage on Mobile Bay/Bon Secour Bay.  

Physical Address
12099 Strong Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Safe haven for wildlife.

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While you are there, you may want to stop at the office for the Wildlife Refuge for more information... You can easily walk there from the house (East on Strong Road)!  

Across Hwy. 180 from the Little House by the Bay, and just West, you see the Pine Beach Trail sign on the left (south) [mm 8.8].  Enter the parking lot. An interpretive kiosk here usually has trail maps and bird cards. There is a two-mile trail southeastward to the beach by way of Little Lagoon and Alligator Lake.


      

Birding may not be challenging here but it is an enjoyable walk through pine-oak scrub and marshes and dune scrub. Just west of the parking lot is Mobile Street an unpaved road leading to a public parking lot near the gulf beach. There are in-holdings in this area so birders should be particularly careful to respect the private property here. The road out to the beach is through marsh and palmetto habitat with the occasional opportunity to observe alligators. Caution is urged in these places, some of which are fenced to provide a healthy reminder not to get too close. There is also good habitat for winter sparrows and some waders along the road. The beach provides a vantage point for Northern Gannett, loons and other seabirds and shorebirds.

Butterfly on the Dunes

The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. The refuge was established by Congress in 1980 to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem, to protect threatened and endangered species, to provide compatible recreational opportunities, and to serve as a living laboratory for students and scientists.

The name Bon Secour comes from the French meaning "safe harbor," very appropriate considering the sanctuary for native flora and fauna that the refuge provides. The refuge serves the additional benefit of comprising one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Alabama coast. Its dunes are a reminder of the Gulf Coast, as it once existed. As a consequence, the refuge has been named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama.

The refuge is small, compared to most national wildlife refuges, and is comprised of five separate units in Baldwin and Mobile counties, Alabama. The full-time staff consists of thKayakree, but the refuge has numerous committed volunteers throughout the year. The refuge hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually.

The Refuge is home to the endangered Alabama beach mouse, which is associated with the sand dunes and sea oats. Refuge beaches serve as nesting sites for loggerhead, and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. Habitats include beaches and sand dunes, scrub forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, fresh water swamps, and uplands.

More than 370 species of birds have been identified on the refuge during migratory seasons. The largest are usually ospreys and several species of herons. At the other extreme, seven species of hummingbirds have been identified. Mammals such as red fox, coyotes, and armadillos are also present.

     
Beautiful Live Oaks on the Little House on the Bay Property. This view is directly facing the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge as you exit the property South.
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Located on the site of a pre-historic Indian Village "Achuse" 

A guest last year gathered pieces of pottery and arrowheads and left them in the house as a gift. 

The historic landmark is located at the turn-off of Fort Morgan Road, just in front of Shell Banks Baptist Church.  Look for it on the right! 

Historic Landmark close-up (below) describes the property where Little house by the Bay is built
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_______________________________________________________________________________Route from Little House by the Bay to the Gulf Beaches

    
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                    Fort Morgan
 

Completed in 1834, Fort Morgan was active during four wars — the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II. The fort is most famous for its role in the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and went full speed ahead to win the battle. The massive fort contains more than 40 million bricks and pays tribute to the skilled masons, many of whom were enslaved African Americans.

                          [Cover photo] Fort Morgan today.
              Historic Ft. Morgan - At the tip of the Fort Morgan Penisula
 

The fort features an active living history program that interprets all the military periods and holds an annual event commemorating the Battle of Mobile Bay.

Since 1834 Fort Morgan has stood as the guardian of Mobile Bay. The military site and National Historic Landmark is located 22 miles west of Gulf Shores. During the Civil War on August 5, 1864, Fort Morgan played a key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay before surrendering to Union forces after a two-week siege. Alabama's largest permanent military post between 1900 and 1923, the fort served during the Spanish-American War and World Wars I and II.

A third system masonry fort constructed between 1819 and 1834, the 479-acre site contains concrete artillery batteries constructed between 1895 and 1904, and historic military buildings dating from 1899 to 1910. A museum details the American military history of Mobile Point from 1814 to 1945. Exhibits feature weapons, uniforms, letters, photographs, and personal items of soldiers who served at the fort.

The Little House by the Bay is conveniently located just minutes from Gulf Shores and only one hour from Mobile, AL or Pensacola, FL. 

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Just 6 miles away, the Mecke's also own and rent a beautiful beach house that sleeps 8.  See this fabulous destination by clicking on the image below.   

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SUMMER SALT
Adjacent to Fort Morgan

Just 12 miles away, the Mecke's also own the Summer Salt Beach House.  The Summer Salt is a 2 bedroom and 2 bath beach house with a large great room. 

The Summer Salt is just steps away from a large, beautiful beach. The views from both decks are incredible and Bernard Court West is a great neighborhood community and a fun place to stay.

These beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. With Tacky Jacks, the Fort Morgan Marina, Fort Morgan, the Dauphin Island Ferry and Mobile Bay just minutes away, this is one of the great vacation get-a-ways you could ask for!

Wonderful Views... Steps to the beach. Great Neighborhood, Complete renovation and refurnishing of house in 2013. Very large and spacious Great room and kitchen combo. Island Living!

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Little House by the Bay

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424 Village Drive
Daphne, AL 36526
(251) 610-6966
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