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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

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Address: 9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
Phone Number: (334) 872-8058
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Interesting and a bit sad

I allways feel sad when visiting places that used to be grand. This place must've been beautiful at a time. Interesting to see the work of the University that now tries to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
Sarpsborg, Norway
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Sarpsborg, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I allways feel sad when visiting places that used to be grand. This place must've been beautiful at a time. Interesting to see the work of the University that now tries to preserve what's left.

Thank InaMP
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

We stopped here because we were already in Selma. Cahaba is located at the end of a road between the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers. It was the state's first capital but was abandoned due to flooding. The layout of the town is intact and they have precisely surveyed and marked the streets. There are a few structures which remain standing... More 

Thank Robert C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

This is an Alabama gem. For only 4 dollars, my husband and I got in and got bikes to tour the property and had a wonderful time speaking with a resident archeologist. I learned so much and had a great time.

Thank Chauntiel C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

This is the best park in Alabama. This park has tons of walking and lots of outdoor historical things to see. Even on a crowded day there were very few visitors. Great place to let the kids run and play.

Thank Jennifer V
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Definitely worth the trip. Great handouts and information. $2 adults and 1$ children. Followed the driving tour and thought the old graveyard and the burial grounds for slaves was most interesting. This beat everything we saw in Selma and along the Selma-Montgomery trail.

Thank thegarrettgang
Center Point, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

Cahawba was the first capitol of Alabama. It was also the site of a POW prison during the Civil War. A General from the North and one from the South meet there on the night before the war ended to discuss a prisoner swap. That house is now gone except for the columns and basement. Some prisoner graves are still... More 

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Thorsby, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

I was in the area and decided to stop and visit. This place has been on my bucket list forever. I spent several hours there and I plan to go back. It's a great place to pack a lunch and stay all day long. So much history. You can also rent bikes to ride the streets. The streets are all... More 

Thank Terrie C
Jay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome. It is hard to believe a place so beautiful was abandoned. I wish more of the buildings could have been saved, but your imagination can fill in the blanks. Took us almost three hours drive,but more than worth it. Going back with the kids and grandkids.

Thank jnini10
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

For $2 per person, this is a great value. The abandoned buildings are fun to look at and take pictures of, and the signage is really interesting. My favorite part was actually exploring the old cemeteries and reading the headstones. The map makes it easy to find all of the sites in the park. There are a few sites with... More 

Thank Charlotte S
Wadley, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I visited Old Cahawba, Alabama's first state capital, yesterday, for a day trip. A three hour drive for me was well worth it! This park is maintained extremely well. Nice picnic areas, and clean, modern bathroom facilities. Park is not free, but an "honor box" collects the small $2.00 donation. Close to Selma, where you could spend hours exploring Alabama's... More 

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