Historian Alan Samry retells some of Fairhope's greatest tales

By Allison Marlow
Managing Editor
allisonm@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 12/9/22

FAIRHOPE — Alan Samry knows what’s happening inside Fairhope.

From grand historical sites that have stood the test of time to the homes of the city’s earliest residents nestled …

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Historian Alan Samry retells some of Fairhope's greatest tales

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FAIRHOPE — Alan Samry knows what’s happening inside Fairhope.

From grand historical sites that have stood the test of time to the homes of the city’s earliest residents nestled among growing neighborhoods, Samry knows the rooms and yards that hold Fairhope’s greatest stories.

Now you can know them too. Over the years he has collected Fairhope’s most interesting tales and weaved them into “Mapping Fairhope: Legends, Locals, & Landmarks.” The must-read for fans of the often-quirky bayside city is culled from a collection of articles Samry wrote for Fairhope Living magazine. The book is available at Page & Palette in downtown Fairhope.

After moving to the city in 2005, he soon joined the staff of the Fairhope Library and then served as director of the Fairhope Museum. In writing the pieces, Samry said he wanted to bring more attention to the artists and the history of some of the city’s events, particularly the history of women in Fairhope.

Inspired by “Women of Fair Hope,” a book by Paul M. Gaston that touched on the lives of three women, Nancy Lewis, Marie Howland, and Marietta Johnson, who were a part of the city’s early history, Samry said he wanted to bring more women’s stories to the forefront.

“When you are a child, you hear women around the table telling stories,” Samry said. “That’s been my experience. I wanted to try to bring those stories out that women carry forward.”

Samry earned a degree in history from the University of South Alabama, a Master of Fine Art in creative writing at Spalding University in Kentucky and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama.

He previously released “Stump the Librarian: A Writer’s Book of Legs” in 2018. In it, Samry explores his experiences as a “born amputee” through non-fiction, poetry and satire.

On certain Saturdays Samry can also be found leading a walking tour of Fairhope that takes visitors past many of the buildings he discusses in the book. For more information on the tours, visit fairhopebyfoot.com.

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