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Here are some things to see in historic Mobile

I’m on the road this week, starting this morning, leaving Sweetums behind to take care of the pets and play video games uninterrupted. I’m going to do some research in Mobile, one of my favorite cities, but I’ll get a break from working because Baby Girl is driving over from Auburn to stay with me for a couple of nights.

I thought I’d list a few places I will be going for research, as well as some Baby Girl and I will go for fun, in case you are thinking of heading to Mobile for Mardi Gras.

While I’ll spend much of my time in the Local History & Genealogy annex of the Mobile Public Library, some of my research requires a visit to the History Museum of Mobile, housed in the gorgeous Old City Hall, a National Landmark.

The History Museum of Mobile is housed in the gorgeous Old City Hall, a National Landmark. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)

The museum houses all kinds of fascinating relics from this town which dates to 1701, including a massive statue called the Goddess of Liberty, which once set atop a church. Interestingly, she has on a red hat that makes her look like a gnome.

The Goddess of Liberty inside the History Museum of Mobile. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)

I am also going to visit the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum for the first time. This is the place to see relics of the very first settlement in Alabama, when Mobile was the capital of French-held Louisiana.

Baby Girl and I plan to stop at the Firehouse Wine Bar and Shop. Me, to see the historic firehouse it’s housed in; her, to taste wine and shop for goodies. OK, maybe I’ll taste some wine too.

I’m not sure I’ll have time to tour the Mobile Carnival Museum (I’ve stopped in the gift shop before), but Baby Girl plans to go see some of the gorgeous gowns worn by Mardi Gras queens and kings.

The Mobile Carnival Museum. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)

We’ll also stop in the new Mardi Gras Park with its fun statues, perfect for mother-daughter selfies.

A statue in Mardi Gras Park. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)

We also plan to walk up and down Dauphin Street, stop at the iconic A&M Peanut Shop and the fountain at Bienville Square. We’ll see what else we have time for and I’ll share some photos when I return. Have a great week!

A&M Peanut Shop. (Photo by Wil Elrick/Permission Required)

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