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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
+1 334-872-8058
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History and imagination needed

As everyone says, not much to see but that doesn't detract from its significance - a little bit of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
A town disappeared!

Not many structures remain so with help from the park map we used our imagination. We were told... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Melanie N
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9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As everyone says, not much to see but that doesn't detract from its significance - a little bit of history knowledge and imagination will help you understand what was here.

Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank Melanie N
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

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

Thank MandanaJames
Reviewed 27 May 2017

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

Thank Marcia D
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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,...More

Thank Mark E
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...More

Thank gosport92
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...More

Thank redbirdfever
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...More

Thank RachelSpahr
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.

Thank Melodycthomas
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...More

2  Thank LabRatMan
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