This page is maintained by The Cahawba Advisory Committee, a State Agency tasked with advising the Alabama Historical Commission on the development of Old Cahawba.To visit Old Cahawba Archaeological Park on your holiday in Selma, and find out what else Selma has to offer, use our Selma trip planner .
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.
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park Reviews
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 i... more »
We enjoyed our afternoon of exploring this old town. We received valuable information, stories, and help from the folks in the visitor center. If you love history, you'll enjoy your time here. more »
I've wanted to travel to Cahaba for YEARS & was finally able to take a short trip there last weekend. It didn't disappoint! The old cemetery with its ruins were amazing...plus I didn't expect to see the large area that had all of the Civil War memorial headstones (not "graves"). The "new" cemetery was a LOT bigger than I expected & was in the middle of restorations, and WOW...some of the 3D stone carvings were just exquisite and there were several headstone symbols that I hadn't even ever encountered! The old church was BEAUTIFUL as I knew it would be...and the ruins of the old Methodist church next to the "open" wooden building were AMAZING...! Unfortunately it was getting late so I wasn't able to drive around the full area or encounter any of the old mansions in that vicinity...but I will definitely carve out extra time next time I'm that way!
I grew up in Alabama and had never gone to Cahawba, the first capital of Alabama. My sister and I took a beautiful Saturday and went. We hiked over four miles visiting the different sites there. The Information Center had a wealth of pamphlets, books, and a very helpful lady who answered our questions. There were several artesian wells running; the Face Well was the most unusual. Cahawba is surrounded by the Cahaba River and it joins into the Alabama River there. There was a definite color difference where the Cahaba joined the Alabama. We wandered in the "Old Negro Cemetery"- a beautiful place with a few gravestones that we could read, wildflowers, and Palmettos. There are no food places nearby, but there is a picnic area with tables, a couple of grills, and clean bathrooms. We packed a picnic lunch. All in all, a great way to spend a beautiful day. We were exhausted when we left, but thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! PETS on leashes are welcome
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