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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

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Address: 9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
Phone Number: +1 334-872-8058
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An Historical Gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
John B
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Clinton, Mississippi
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Clinton, Mississippi
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88 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank InaMP
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 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 

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2 Thank Robert C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 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.

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1 Thank Chauntiel C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 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.

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1 Thank Jennifer V
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 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.

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Center Point, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 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 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 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 

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