Founded in 1894 by a group of idealists from Iowa seeking a Utopian quality of life focused on common ownership of the land, Fairhope has evolved rapidly into one of the main centers of the Eastern Shore's commercial and cultural activity. Its founders believed that their progressive project had "fair hope" of coming to fruition and indeed the city's prominence in the area may well be due in part to its heritage of fortitude and perseverance.
Bright flowers, brick walkways, downtown galleries and shops all add to the small town charm of this beautiful city. The public pier with its rose garden, beach area, and duck pond is the hub for most of the year. Activities from sailing to sunbathing can almost always be viewed from anywhere along the bluffs and waterfront in Fairhope. Even a potential "Jubilee" can be spotted, under rare conditions of course, in the summer. There is a wide variety of public and private schools as well as two colleges located in Fairhope.
Residential areas run along the bay, wrap around the downtown area, and branch out further from town in a more country setting. From small garden homes to huge estate homes, with bay views or with lush gardens, it is all available in Fairhope.
Fairhope has the quaintness and the atmosphere to allow you to stroll through Downtown. Downtown is locally called Fruit and Nut District and The Bluff Area, which both are walking distance to town and the Bay.
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