The Best Place To Be-
The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama
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About the Authors
Margaret Childress Long
& Michael D. Shipler
co-authors of the
The Best Place to Be
The Story of Orange Beach, AL
In 1949, when Margaret was 2 years old, she moved to Cotton Bayou (Orange Beach) with her parents. In 1964, while in high school, Margaret wrote an 8 page report titled: A Brief History of Orange Beach. Until now, this was the only known history of Orange Beach. Margaret continued gathering history
and old photographs of the area that resulted in the only history book about Orange Beach, Alabama.
Margaret Childress Long and her husband Buddy Long currently live in the home
on Cotton Bayou where Margaret was raised.
Michael D. Shipler is a noted historian living in Bay Minette, Alabama. Michael and his wife Pam have been residents of Baldwin County for
over 30 years. They are also the owners and managers of Leedon Art in Bay Minette.
Leedon Art published the book: The Best Place to Be- The Story of Orange
About the Book
The Best Place to Be
The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama is about the geography, the climate, the history, and most importantly, the people who have made Orange Beach the best
place to be.
The area that is now known as Orange Beach, Alabama, has had visitors for at least the last 11,500 years- not surprising when you consider that it is located on the Gulf of Mexico, has access to the interior bays and bayous lying just north of Perdido Pass, a semitropical climate and miles of sugar white sand beaches.
The Story of Orange Beach Alabama
gives the reader an overview of the history of the Orange Beach area during the last 100 years or so, during which Orange Beach
transformed from a coastal wilderness into a fast growing modern resort, and focuses on the importance of the charter fishing industry to that development.
In addition to the photographs and material about the people and events that shaped Orange Beach, there is a large appendix of historical documents and information, indexed for quick reference.
Where to Buy
The Best Place to Be -The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama is now in its third printing. Hardback and paperback editions of the book can be
found at many stores and gift shops in Orange Beach. Click on the store name below for more information about the store, or click on the address for a static map.