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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

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9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
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Wookie1434 wrote a review Jan 2020
Denver, Colorado75 contributions13 helpful votes
While it's a little off the beaten path, its very neat. Only $2 for adults to visit. It's an old city you can explore and see some of the buildings standing. They have cruiser bicycles you can use for free (need to leave an ID) and that made traveling around so awesome. Perfect for families and would be a good way to spend a few hours.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Responded Jan 28, 2020
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit. We're so glad you enjoyed biking your way through history. Please come again!
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SevenoaksSinjun wrote a review Nov 2019
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom1,517 contributions523 helpful votes
The first state capital of Alabama, Old Cahawba is now no more. You won't find much here, but you can use the visitor map to walk or drive around the dirt roads and find the remains of just a few houses and cemeteries. You need to let your imagination do the rest. However, it is really peaceful here. As it is miles from anywhere, there's not a sound. We enjoyed our visit here and it costs just $2 to explore the park.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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cheryl h wrote a review Aug 2019
Durham, North Carolina55,590 contributions1,693 helpful votes
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Depending on how much time you want to spend here, you can walk the park, ride bicycles, or drive on the dirt roads (we drove and it still took us over 3 hours to see everything). Old Cahawba was Alabama's first state capital. The park is considered haunted because the town was build on top of a 16th century Mississippian Indian Village. The different areas are well marked with large signs pointing to ruins, cemeteries, remains of houses, and all the other points of interest. I would still make the visitors center your first stop so you can pick up a map showing the roads and locations of everything. The visitors center also acts as a museum (with some displays) teaching you all the history of the area that you would ever want to know. I would recommend going during the cooler months because there is a lot of walking in grassy areas that would have ticks and other creepy crawlies. One thing I didn't expect to see inside the park was an old trailer (painted pink) with a small wooden room built onto it. It was definitely out of place but you couldn't help but smile when you saw it.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Responded Aug 27, 2019
Hi Cheryl, thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit. We're so glad you took the time to explore the abandoned streets and view the moss-covered ruins of Old Cahawba. Please come again!
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giuseppe0057 wrote a review Dec 2018
South Padre Island, Texas228 contributions40 helpful votes
it's about a 25 minute drive from selma going west. the backstory is interesting but there are no remnants of any of the buildings except for two old pillars that once held up a porch on a house, and two small cemeteries. you could read up about it on google and get the same information. the paranormal activity is more hype than reality. the one old church building is kinda spooky looking but has been moved 3 times since it was originally built.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from JonathanM6351, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Responded Dec 20, 2018
Thank you for your visit. We're glad you appreciate the backstory to Old Cahawba. There are in fact 4 historic structures and 3 cemeteries remaining, but with over 4 miles of dirt roads to explore, it's understandable that some things can be overlooked. Before exploring the park, it's always advisable to stop by the Visitor Center where staff can properly orient you to the site as well as provide you with an Explorer's Guide before you start your adventure. As for the paranormal activity, Old Cahawba has ghost stories that extend from the Civil War to today. We understand though that one's response to these ghostly inhabitants differs from person to person, but you don’t have to believe in ghosts to hear the past speaking to you. To discover messages in Cahawba’s relic landscape that were left behind by the town’s long dead residents, one just needs to bring their curiosity and a good pair of walking shoes (or borrow one of our free bicycles) to this intriguing ghost town.
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Dale R wrote a review Nov 2018
Stateline, Nevada278 contributions45 helpful votes
Being from the West I never thought I would find ghost towns in the south. Only $2 to visit. A lot of fun to prowl around the streets overgrown by the forest. Plenty of historical signs to help your imagination along as you check out the remaining buildings.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from JonathanM6351, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Responded Nov 13, 2018
Hi Dale. With Spanish moss dripping from the trees, Old Cahawba is a uniquely southern ghost town. Thank you for sharing your recent travel experiences. We're so glad you appreciate the history of the area.
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