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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

Address: Selma, AL
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Selma
Type: Ghost Towns, Cultural
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Saraland, Alabama
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Had a wonderful time last night. It was very interesting. The guides and volunteers were very knowledgable and entertaining.

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Lynn Haven, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Great place to soak in the history of not only the South, but of the United States. We visited during one of the nighttime Haunted History Tours, and enjoyed nearly every minute of it. A member of our group actually photographed something unexplainable during a visit to the Slaves' Quarters. Can't wait to visit this park during the day, unencumbered... More

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The Netherlands
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154 reviews 154 reviews
47 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Dutch hubby loves all things related to the Civil War in the USA,,We both are fascinated with this tiny little ghost town that was spread out and the small cemeteries,,the time we spent there was worth it,, If you love history and ghost towns this is a place to visit ( it is well kept and very clean) Oh hubby... More

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Granted special permission to investigate the Civil War Cemetery after twilight/dark and it was a profound experience that left me and my team sobbing from overwhelming feelings, sounds, and voices from the graves. A must-experience for clairvoyants who are truly respect, value, and exhibit humility in the presence of such an amazing historical site It's not necessarily 'what' you see... More

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was the capital of Alabama from 1819 to 1826 and is located 15 miles from Selma, AL. At one time 3000+ people lived in Cahawaba and house a confederate prison during the war. Today it is nothing but a ghost town with a few buildings, a cemetery and historical signage. Most of the buildings burnt to the ground in... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had a little time and decided to take a trip to Old Cahawba and loved it. I hadn't been there since I was a kid and it has really changed for the better. We loved learning about all the history of the old town. The entire park was beautiful and clean. Next time we go we're going to pack... More

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Elba, Alabama
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Any Alabamian and even anyone that just loves history should visit Cahawba at least once. The staff at the welcome center is beyond helpful and was happy to tell us stories as well as well as provide us with any info we needed. The picnic area is right at the fork in the two rivers and is awesome for a... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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95 reviews 95 reviews
88 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is one of the first capitals of Alabama that is now abandoned and left in ruins. You need some mode of transportation to see the whole site car or bike. It was a town at one time. Get a map from the visitor center on your way in and some good tips from the care taker stationed there. Some... More

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Stafford, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

So interesting, I enjoyed walking the location and picturing in my mind what it was like when it was a bustling town. I'm going to try and get together a guided tour next time!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Alas, the information hut thingy was closed when we were there, so we took a map and saw ourselves around. Some neat stuff in there, and the information boards were pretty informative. Sounds weird, but I expected it to be spookier. Mind you, if it were nighttime I'd probably feel very differently about the level of spook. An interesting stop... More

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