April 1, 2013

Online Exclusive: Mobile, Ala. Itinerary Map

  • By: David Weible

Navigating your way through all of a city’s historic sites can be overwhelming for a visitor, especially when the city has as much to offer, and as many enticing distractions, as Mobile, Ala. Arnold Berke’s Mobile travel itinerary in our spring issue includes piles of seafood, an inn fashioned from two restored 19th-century townhouses, and incredible antebellum attractions.

When I realized just how much there was to this port town on the Gulf Coast—the Fort Conde Inn, the African-American Heritage Trail, and alligator bites (!)--I started wondering where exactly I could find these treasures. For me, being able to see things on a map helps to form that concept of place in my mind.

Below, you’ll find an interactive Google Map with points for each location discussed in Berke’s article. Use the navigation tools in the top left corner of the map to pan in any direction or zoom in and out. Then, simply click on each point to view commentary from the following local experts who shared their suggestions with the author:

  • John Sledge, architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission and author of An Ornament to the City: Old Mobile Ironwork and The Pillared City: Greek Revival Mobile
  • L. Craig Roberts, architect, Mobile Architectural Review Board member, and tour guide to historic landmarks and districts
  • Roy Hoffman, novelist, journalist, and former Mobile Press-Register writer whose books include Back Home: Journeys through Mobile, Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations, and Chicken Dreaming Corn

David Weible is the content specialist at the National Trust, previously with Preservation and Outside magazines. His interest in historic preservation was inspired by the ‘20s-era architecture, streetcar neighborhoods, and bars of his hometown of Cleveland.

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