Historical records indicate Spanish explorers discovered the area around Daphne as early as 1557. Researchers have excavated many valuable relics showing that the Tensaw, Alabama, Choctaw, Creeks, and Seminole Indians all lived in this area prior to 1557. The community of Daphne dates as far back as 1763 when it was commonly known as "The Village." French troops and later British troops occupied the area. Other well known historical areas can be found in nearby battle grounds located at Blakeley, north of Daphne; Fort Morgan at Gulf Shores; and Fort Gaines at Dauphin Island near Mobile.
Records indicate April 9, 1874 as the actual establishment of the town to be called Daphne with the designation of a Postmaster and official Post Office for the Community. Daphne was a resort area prior to the War between the States. In the early 1900′s, several Italian families settled in Daphne and brought with them great expertise in agriculture and a tradition of foods and wine. Their family names remain an important part of Daphne's heritage. The "Festa Italiana," sponsored by Christ the King Church Sodality, held each spring in conjunction with the Eastern Shore Chamber's Arts and Crafts Festival, entices the crowd with homemade pastas, sauces, and delightful foods and crafts prepared from family traditions. The Festa truly emphasizes the wonderful heritage brought to this area from Italy.
Daphne was incorporated on July 8, 1927 with a population of only 500. Originally, Daphne was the Baldwin County seat of government. However, Daphne's courthouse records were stolen one night by the rival community of Bay Minette, where the Baldwin County seat of government remains today.
Pictorial History Book of Daphne
View a history of Daphne told through photographs. From local authors Harriet Brill Outlaw and Penny H. Taylor comes a book offering more than 200 vintage images and memories past of Daphne, the Jubilee City. This book is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, though Arcadia Publishing or by calling 888-313-2665.
View a press release of the Pictorial History Book of Daphne
View historical photos of Daphne, Alabama.