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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
+1 334-872-8058
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Don't go expecting too much.

As an Alabama resident, this site was one of those places I had always heard about briefly... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mark E
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Meridianville, Alabama
Beautiful spring day!

My 11 year old son and I spent about 3 hours exploring Old Cahawba and enjoying a picnic lunch. The... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
gosport92
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good26%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
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9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
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+1 334-872-8058
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 3 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
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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...More

4  Thank John B
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Not much to see. A lot of empty lots where some old building used to be. Self guided pamphlet available.

Thank Original-Tonman
Reviewed 24 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...More

6  Thank Virginiaslim100
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.

4  Thank InaMP
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