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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Selma

(4.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park is located in Selma. To visit Old Cahawba Archaeological Park on your holiday in Selma, and find out what else Selma has to offer, use our Selma tour planner.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 dec...  more »
  • 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 cemeta...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. We were expecting to see more buildings though.
  • First capital of the state of Alabama. Beautiful place, with some interesting features. Needs more for younger patrons. A museum would be good, and more visualizations.
  • 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.