Signature City Mobile

Discover the Mobile only insiders know and learn the story of this unique city through lectures and excursions that explore the regional architecture, gardens and maritime history.
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Program No. 14321RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In a series of fascinating field trips and lectures, discover the charms of hospitable Mobile, first capital of colonial French Louisiana. Forays into the past include visits to the City Museum, a replica of early French Fort Condé and Mobile’s historic downtown. Join an architectural historian amid the Garden District’s treasury of 18th- and 19th-century museum homes, and marvel at the splendor of stately Bellingrath and its famous and expansive gardens.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a mile on field trips. Standing in museums for docent talk. Bellingrath Gardens walking on uneven terrain. Stairs only in historic homes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Museum of Mobile, where cutting-edge exhibits bring to life the area as first seen by early Americans and explore Mobile River harbor via pontoon boat.
  • At the Richards DAR House, admire the Italianate home’s facade depicting the four seasons in iron lace.
  • Step back in time at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, an “American castle” showcasing treasured antiques, a handmade brick-and-ironwork exterior and 65 acres of lush gardens.
Featured Expert
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Devereaux Bemis
Devereaux is an architectural historian and director of the Mobile Historic Development Commission. He serves on the boards of the Mobile Revolving Fund for Historic Properties, the Maritime Advisory Council and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. He received a bachelor’s in art history and Russian language and an MBA from the University of South Alabama. He has done graduate work in art history at Tulane University and lives in an 1839 house in downtown Mobile that is being renovated.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Devereaux Bemis
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Thomas C. McGehee
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Mobile: The New History of Alabama's First City
by Michael Thomason, ed.
Moving the Earth-For a Song
by M. Wilson Gaillard

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