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“A Ghost Town in the East”

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Selma
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Drive around the town where the no-longer-existing roads are marked between those that are left. See the remains of buildings that include brick walls and columns. A couple of houses are still standing. Don't miss the "new" cemetery. It is not kept up and is full of broken headstones, tombs, and wrought iron fencing. I was disappointed that there is nothing left of the previous Alabama capitol building, but I loved exploring this entire area!

Thank SusanzM
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

we brought a college school group for a day trip here and loved it! we signed up for one of the offered tours, which meant we had access to the park's bicycles and a tour guide. that made all the difference! alone, i think we would have had a rather lame experience, but the bikes make it a great time.

Thank ContrastKitty
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Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

As Civil War buffs, we wanted to see the site of Castle Morgan, a POW camp run by the Confederates. It was small in reference to others, but played a huge role in the Sultana disaster. It was advertised as an archeological site. It may be, but the ruins are almost gone with only a few small (and old decaying) signs to interpret the area. It is the first capital of Alabama, but without the handout guide, could be any overgrown wood lot in the state. It needs more financial support to become a first rate tourist stop.

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Always enjoy the Haunted History Event at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. Guided tour is always interesting and they change it up a little each year. Ghost stories around the campfire are lots of fun, too.

Thank OldTownie
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

we used to go there when I was a kid and have picnics, there were a couple of old houses still intact, I believe there is also a church that has been renovated, I have been told there was a prison there during the civil war. There is a lovely cemetery with a lot of history. I understand that the town flooded several times and had an outbreak of yellow fever at one time. This was the very first capital of Alabama but due to the flooding which recurred several times it was decided to move the capital. Most of the inhabitants fled and the houses some of which were quite grand I am told fell into decay. There is a small visitor center and historical display and an artesian well which you can drink from aside from that you have to have a vivid imagination and a love of history. The three columns of the Crocheron's mansion are still there and there used to be a small slave cottage I believe, at one time the Crocheron family was the wealthiest family in Old Cahawba and they owned a large brick store, and they also built large steam ships. In the old historic cemetery there is a rather large monument to Mr. Crocheron's wife and also a young child who died and were buried together. Also in order to finish this review it is making me put a date which is VERY frustrating, I have not visited Old Cahaba since the 1990's!!!!! I have to lie and say it was 2012 or not post this review! that needs to be addressed and changed!!!!!

1  Thank kimmycole2000
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