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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

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Address: 9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
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Beautiful spring day!

My 11 year old son and I spent about 3 hours exploring Old Cahawba and enjoying a picnic lunch. The signage and brochures are very informative. It is amazing that there is so... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
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Meridianville, Alabama
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As an Alabama resident, this site was one of those places I had always heard about briefly throughout elementary school history classes all those years ago. Fast forward some 35 years and I finally decided to go visit it. Being a big fan of history, I found it interesting but there's not much to see. There were some old column... More 

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

My 11 year old son and I spent about 3 hours exploring Old Cahawba and enjoying a picnic lunch. The signage and brochures are very informative. It is amazing that there is so little remaining of such an important town in our Alabama history. It is a perfect location for bicycling--we'll take ours when we return for a visit with... More 

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Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is one to skip if you are in the Selma area. There is really nothing to see but the abandoned woods and streets of the former capital. The visitor's center has some literature to show what it used to look like but there is so little left.

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Great Falls, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Growing up in Selma, I've explored Cahawba before but this was the first time I've been able to take my kids. We're military stationed in Montana and this year my kids were old enough to be interested in visiting. The guy at the front desk was incredibly friendly and helpful and let me know about the military discount that they... More 

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Thank RachelSpahr
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493 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Catawba was a thriving community that disappeared twice (or was abandoned). There are some dilapidated structures to look at. It's amazing that the one-time capitol of Alabama should be reduced to decaying rubble. It is an interesting story.

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Thank Melodycthomas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Get ready to walk or drive. Literally an entire town. Full of rich history explained by the pamphlet and map at entrance. Also home to one of the stories in 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. Slave cemetary, old school, churches, fountain wells, houses, an Indian boulder that was made the center piece of the town. Simply incredible.

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Clinton, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

After driving nearby dozens of times, we finally searched out Old Cahawba. You've really got to be going there on purpose, but it's well worth the effort. For a history nut, it just doesn't get much better. The Alabama Historical Commission has done an excellent job. Going back to the mysterious original inhabitants of the area and through history to... More 

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Longview, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Not much to see. A lot of empty lots where some old building used to be. Self guided pamphlet available.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We visited the town late on a Monday and although the US Park ranger was off duty but was doing some paper work so he let us in to the building. He talked about the park with huge enthusiasm and energy and helped us work out a route we could take through the acres (it is large!) in the hour... More 

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Sarpsborg, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 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.

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