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Three centuries of Utopian dreams came true in the 1890s, when a group of idealists founded Fairhope as a cooperative colony on a lush bluff along Alabama's Gulf Coast. The visionary settlers thought their experimental village had a "fair hope" of success. An oasis of idealism and equality, Fairhope not only succeeded but grew into an elegant enclave of individualism and intellect. The bayside town is the world's oldest and largest single-tax colony as well as a popular resort that draws visitors from around the world. Photographic images herein capture the uniquedevelopment by adventurous characters with diverse backgrounds. This book is a map of "Old Fairhope."
ISBN: 9780738542034
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Alabama
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Cathy Donelson—writer, historian, and former director of two area historical museums—has brought together many rare early photographs and postcards of Fairhope's fascinating past. This volume is a must for the libraries of residents as well as visitors who experience the cosmopolitan charm of the town rooted in a rich individualist heritage.
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