In 1894, our community was established by a group of adventurous people who came together with a "fair hope of success." Their experimental community blossomed and grew into a city. Now, more than 110 years later, Fairhope's "success" is more than apparent in our bustling downtown, spacious parks, award winning landscape and tree-shaded neighborhoods.Fairhope, often referred to as the jewel of the Eastern Shore, is not a big city with a population of approximately 16,000. It still retains much of its original small-town ambiance, but Fairhope is unique in many ways. Fairhope is known as a pedestrian's paradise that has an active arts community, exceptional schools, outstanding public services, excellent senior services, and top-notch recreational programs for all ages. It is also home or a weekend retreat for many famous artist and authors.