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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Selma

Categories: Ghost Towns, Tourist Spots
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4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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  • Not much to see. A lot of empty lots where some old building used to be. Self guided pamphlet available. 
  • 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 energ...  read more »
  • 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. 
  • Old Cahawba is a ghost town. But there are several buildings still in place - including a brick (!) slave house, an historic wooden frame house (Fambro) and the old Episcopal Church that was recently relocated BACK to the park. And there are brick remains of an old church, a pre-Civil War railroad, and artesian wells - including the one with the face...But there is also a canoe/kayak launch with handicap access (you can use their canoes) and you can bike ride around the place (again- use theirs!). ***There are several interpretive signs if you just want to drive through, but I recommend you STOP BY THE VISITOR CENTER*** (now a FEMA trailer because the building was hit by lightening and burned - but new one is being built from a restored and relocated historichouse and should open soon). The staff are very knowledgable and can carry groups in an open, covered trailer around the old town site. But most importantly - if you stop by the Visitor Cener, they have wonderful photos of the old buildings (mansions!) and stories about the people that lived there.. Or were imprisoned there in the old cotton warehouse during the Civil War - the remains are still visible. As are portions of the moat that surrounded the Indian village that was there a thousand years ago! if you want to see what the common residences of Old Cahawba looked like - - well then, drive around historic Selma. When Cahawba's populations drifted to the "big city" - they dismantled their houses and rebuilt them in Selma....
  • Enjoyed the visit will have to go back again
  • Walk among the ruins of the old south, you could easily perform this as a driving tour, in fact I recommend it considering how overgrown most of the landscape has become. Beware of poison Ivy.
  • Very interesting if you're into history. There are some informational stands scattered throughout the park with explanations of the site and the events that took place there. The only problem is that there is hardly anything left of the town--only the three brick columns of the house of one of the residents of the old town, a few indentions in the earth that used to be the basements of some buildings, and some small mounds of rubble, almost totally covered by grass now, that are all that is left of the old war prison there. But the guy working in the welcome center can tell you some interesting things about the various sites, there are some good brochures there as well. Worth a trip out to the middle of nowhere for education.
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