After French Explorers discovered “Massacre Island” (Dauphin Island), there was a small pirate attack. The pirates tied everyone up and robbed their warehouses. Come enjoy Fort Gaines 2nd annual Massacre Island Pirate Event and meet the pirates that stormed Mobile Bay and watch as they defend the Fort from Spanish and British Galleons. The event will highlight Flintlock Pistol Duel, Pirate Tug of War, Swashbuckling Sword Play, Cannon Firing, Blacksmithing and music by the Kracker Dan Band. Treasure Hunts will take place both days for children 12 and under.
Fort Gaines Historic Fort, 51 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017
9 AM – 5 PM
Adult Tickets (13+) $8.00
Child Tickets (5-12) $4.00
Children 4 and under are FREE!
What is Massacre Island?
Over 300 years ago in 1699, French Explorers discovered Dauphin Island – and piles of human bones along with it. Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville named Dauphin Island “Massacre Island,” writing in his journal that judging from the bones, he expected that “more than sixty men or women had been slain.” It was not until 1707 that the island’s name was changed to “Dauphin Island” in honor of Louis XIV’s son. Anthropologists later discovered that the piles of bones were an Indian burial ground that had probably been unearthed by a storm.
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