The City of Fairhope began as a dream in the minds of a group of populist reformers who were seeking their own special utopia. Our founders borrowed from Henry George’s Single Tax philosophy trying to solve some of the economic and social problems of the day. They thought using the Single Tax plan would give them at least a "fair hope" of succeeding.
Thus, the Fairhope Single Tax Colony was founded, attracting supporters and financial backers from around the country and drawing an eclectic assemblage of industrious, creative and free-thinking people to Fairhope, Alabama.
Fairhope has always been a resort community, early visitors came by Bay boat from Mobile to vacation in the small bay cottages and hotels along the bluff top. Vacationers came to Fairhope in the early days for many of the same reasons they do today: its pleasant climate, peaceful surroundings, and inspiring scenery.
And its vibrant downtown in filled with unique shops and galleries, gourmet restaurants, cozy cafes and much more is certainly one of its attractions today.
Over the years artists, writers, and craftsmen have found Fairhope to be an inspiring haven for their work and have helped to make the community what it is today.