A replica of the Baldwin County Courthouse Safe, a traveling exhibit, is now on display at the Baldwin County Commission Office in Fairhope. The replica tells the story of the county seat being moved to Daphne after the town of Blakeley was destroyed by the Civil War and tallow fever epidemics on the Tensaw River.
The exhibition is the product of a collaboration involving the Baldwin County Department of Archives and History and The Baldwin County Maintenance Department.
“This project has brought together a terrific team of local talent and expertise. Our goal is to tell the story of Baldwin County in a compelling and beautiful way,” said Felisha Anderson, Director of the Department of Archives and History. “We believe the end result will be a cultural and historical resource of which all will be proud.”
The exhibit was designed and built by Mike Tabb and Philip Ryan, employees of the Baldwin County Maintenance Department. Mike Tabb also designed and built the “In God We Trust Sign” located in the Baldwin County Commission Chambers in Bay Minette.
“Because the original safe is a permanent exhibition located at the Department of Archives and History, we are able to present the story of the Baldwin County Courthouse safe in another way, through this traveling exhibit,” Anderson said.
The exhibit will be rotated on a quarterly basis to all County Commission offices with the final destination being the Baldwin County Probate Office in Bay Minette.