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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
+1 334-872-8058
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History and quiet reflection

You need to take some background to this site. A local historian would have been invaluable. Still... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
anantiquemyself
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Wonderful Step Back in Time

I was fascinated by the history of Old Cahawba and seeing how nature has reclaimed what was once... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
Sharon G
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Cahawba was once Alabama's state capital (1819-1826) and a thriving antebellum river town. It became a ghost town shortly after the Civil War. Today it is an important archaeological site and a place of picturesque ruins. Nature has reclaimed much of Old Cahawba, but historians and archaeologists from the Alabama Historical Commission are working hard to uncover Cahawba's historic past and to create a full time interpretive park.
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“ghost town” (8 reviews)
“picnic area” (3 reviews)
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9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
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+1 334-872-8058
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

You need to take some background to this site. A local historian would have been invaluable. Still, with info provided by friendly Bruce in the visitor’s center, with brochures and signs provided, we learned quite a bit and enjoyed a visit of about 3 hours....More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I was fascinated by the history of Old Cahawba and seeing how nature has reclaimed what was once the thriving first capital of Alabama. A few structures and/or ruins of structures remain and ancient streets are marked with concrete posts. There is also an archaeological...More

Thank Sharon G
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Jonathan M, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit. We're so glad you appreciate the history of the area.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

The area is fascinating, history galore. We were lucky to go when the visitor center was open to get the self guided tour info, but to also talk,with the curator who was very informative. We're able to walk on the trails and to also drive...More

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Jonathan M, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Dear Monica, Thank you for taking the time to share your travel experience here on TripAdvisor. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to have you back again!

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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

We didn't hire anyone for the tour, but we had an amazing time driving around and reading the signs. There is so much history in such a small place. My favorite part was the slave burial ground... as morbid as that sounds, it brought my...More

Thank Casey S
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

As everyone says, not much to see but that doesn't detract from its significance - a little bit of history knowledge and imagination will help you understand what was here.

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Not many structures remain so with help from the park map we used our imagination. We were told that many of the wealthy abandoned the area after the railroad left and they literally took buildings with them. Dismantled them! The structures that remain were awesome...More

1  Thank Melanie N
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

First off, you should understand that there aren't very many structures left here. However, the story of the town, Alabama's first state capital, is fascinating. The curator at the visitor center really brought the story alive for us. We spent about two hours at the...More

Thank MandanaJames
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Reviewed 27 May 2017

We visited in May 2017. It was on a Tuesday and there was no one else in the park There were a couple of cars parked at the small visitor center (which was closed) but we never saw anyone else. Maps were available from a...More

Thank Marcia D
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

As an Alabama resident, this site was one of those places I had always heard about briefly throughout elementary school history classes all those years ago. Fast forward some 35 years and I finally decided to go visit it. Being a big fan of history,...More

Thank Mark E
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

My 11 year old son and I spent about 3 hours exploring Old Cahawba and enjoying a picnic lunch. The signage and brochures are very informative. It is amazing that there is so little remaining of such an important town in our Alabama history. It...More

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