Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum
Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum is located in Orange Beach, Alabama. It is composed of 20 acres of land containing numerous buildings that are used to showcase the history of the area. The museum is chiefly focused on preserving and sharing what makes this small corner of coastal Alabama unique.
Some exhibits include a replica Choctaw village, canoes, thousands of arrowheads dating back to Paleo times, Spanish conquistador armor, old cannons from Pensacola guarding Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, ship models that were built by Commodore Arthur Sinclair in Elba when he was just eighteen years old, World War II-era German U-boats captured off the Gulf Coast after being abandoned by their crews when they realized had been spotted by an American patrol plane and a full-size replica of the USS Alabama.
The museum even has a Life-Saving Station where visitors can learn about what life was like in them, and an exhibit devoted to the original settlers of Orange Beach: the Choctaw Indians. The existence of this small enclave owes its existence to one man: Silas Dinsmoor (1809–87). Silas was born in Illinois; he journeyed south for health reasons to escape the cold northern winters. He purchased over 10,000 acres which included present-day Gulf Shores and all land up to Perdido Pass from Louis Roberts (1806–70), who had obtained it from the U.S. government in 1837.