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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
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
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
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
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 6 April 2018
Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit. We're so glad you appreciate the history of the area.
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
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Jonathan M, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018
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!
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
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
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
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