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The FOX10 StormTracker Tour is Coming to Bay Minette

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The next stop on the FOX10 STORMtracker tour is Bay Minette Thursday, November 16th. Meteorologist Matt Barrentine headed there and got a glimpse of Bay Minette's interesting past.

A Town of History

All around Bay Minette there are historic buildings, like the Humphries drug store. Close by, at Bicentennial Park, the little red school house and the Montpelier Methodist Church stand as reminders of the past in this corner of Baldwin County. 

Bay Minette is a town with a rich history and they really try to preserve that. Nowadays, people think of Bay Minette as the county seat, but how it became the county seat is one of the towns best tales.

Bay Minette vs. Daphne

"Daphne was holding on, they were holding on for dear life. They weren't letting those records go." 

Baldwin County archives director, Felisha Anderson is now the keeper of that tale. It started when the state legislature voted to move the county seat from Daphne to Bay Minette in 1901. The construction of the courthouse had already begun, but there was a problem, all the vital records needed to run the county were in a safe in Daphne. 

"Daphne at that point did not want to give up the records," Anderson said. "So some of our commissioners got together and they went on down and they acquired the records and brought them back." 

The popular tale is that the commissioners "acquired" those records in the dead of night, spiriting them away before Daphne officials could stop them. In a 1939 painting of the heist there is a lantern glowing as men gathered the records.

"There was some sort of a struggle there," Anderson told us. "It actually took them from October 10 to October 11th. It actually took them a full day to gain all the records that they needed." 

Myth-Busting

So this didn't all happen under the cover of darkness...

"These guys met up in broad daylight. It was daylight. This is a myth," Anderson explained. "It is one of our funny stories. We love it and it's a part of our history and the main thing is that it's being told accurately."

The old safe now sits on display in the lobby of the archives building in Bay Minette. The vital papers within, things like wills, jury summons, and orphan records are still kept in the archives. It's all part of the rich history found in Bay Minette.

STORMtracker Tour

Thursday, November 16th, the FOX10 STORMtracker team will leave the history behind and bring the weather to life in Bay Minette. The event is being held at the Civic Center at 6pm. It's free and open to the public. Join us!

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