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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

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Day Drip to Selma and Cahawba From Montgomery

Drove from Montgomery at 8am for a day trip to Selma and included a stop at the Lowness... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2018
Los Angeles
Stepping back through Time

We drove a bit out of the way headed back from Florida to visit this amazing park. Stopped by... read more

Reviewed July 7, 2018
Memphis, Tennessee
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“ghost town”(8 reviews)
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...more
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9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
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Reviewed August 3, 2018

Drove from Montgomery at 8am for a day trip to Selma and included a stop at the Lowness Interpretive Center, the Selma Interpretive Center, the Edmund Pettus Bridge (you must walk over it), Old (and New) Live Oak Cemetary and the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park...More

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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We drove a bit out of the way headed back from Florida to visit this amazing park. Stopped by visitors center which had TONS of pictures, info, and a charming little gift shop. Be sure to get the handy map and drive through on a...More

Thank CHulgan
Reviewed April 5, 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 April 5, 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
Jonathan M, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2018

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

Reviewed March 6, 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

1  Thank Monica R
Jonathan M, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 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!

Reviewed February 5, 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
Reviewed December 22, 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.

Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed October 22, 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
Reviewed August 6, 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
Reviewed May 27, 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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