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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

Open Now: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Fun to Explore

Being from the West I never thought I would find ghost towns in the south. Only $2 to visit. A lot... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dale R
via mobile
Very Interesting

We enjoyed our afternoon of exploring this old town. We received valuable information, stories, and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sandi C
Alabaster, Alabama
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“ghost town”(8 reviews)
Cahawba was once Alabama's state capital (1819-1826) and a thriving antebellum river town. It became a ghost town shortly after the Civil War. Today it is an important archaeological site and a place of picturesque ruins. Nature has reclaimed much...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
9518 Cahaba Rd, Selma, AL 36767-3225
+1 334-872-8058
Most Helpful Positive Review
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
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 1 August 2014

This was the capital of Alabama from 1819 to 1826 and is located 15 miles from Selma, AL. At one time 3000+ people lived in Cahawaba and house a confederate prison during the war. Today it is nothing but a ghost town with a few...More

2  Thank Thomandjane
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Being from the West I never thought I would find ghost towns in the south. Only $2 to visit. A lot of fun to prowl around the streets overgrown by the forest. Plenty of historical signs to help your imagination along as you check out...More

Thank Dale R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our afternoon of exploring this old town. We received valuable information, stories, and help from the folks in the visitor center. If you love history, you'll enjoy your time here.

Thank Sandi C
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Drove from Montgomery at 8am for a day trip to Selma and included a stop at the Lowness Interpretive Center, the Selma Interpretive Center, the Edmund Pettus Bridge (you must walk over it), Old (and New) Live Oak Cemetary and the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park...More

1  Thank LATravelMama
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We drove a bit out of the way headed back from Florida to visit this amazing park. Stopped by visitors center which had TONS of pictures, info, and a charming little gift shop. Be sure to get the handy map and drive through on a...More

Thank CHulgan
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

You need to take some background to this site. A local historian would have been invaluable. Still, with info provided by friendly Bruce in the visitor’s center, with brochures and signs provided, we learned quite a bit and enjoyed a visit of about 3 hours....More

Thank anantiquemyself
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I was fascinated by the history of Old Cahawba and seeing how nature has reclaimed what was once the thriving first capital of Alabama. A few structures and/or ruins of structures remain and ancient streets are marked with concrete posts. There is also an archaeological...More

Thank Sharon G
Jonathan M, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit. We're so glad you appreciate the history of the area.

Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

The area is fascinating, history galore. We were lucky to go when the visitor center was open to get the self guided tour info, but to also talk,with the curator who was very informative. We're able to walk on the trails and to also drive...More

1  Thank Monica R
Jonathan M, Asst Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Dear Monica, Thank you for taking the time to share your travel experience here on TripAdvisor. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to have you back again!

Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

We didn't hire anyone for the tour, but we had an amazing time driving around and reading the signs. There is so much history in such a small place. My favorite part was the slave burial ground... as morbid as that sounds, it brought my...More

Thank Casey S
Reviewed 23 December 2017

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
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4 October 2018|
Response from Sharon G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a small fee but understandably so. It is an Archaeological Park that must be maintained with helpful funding from the public, just as all state parks are. You can take all the pictures you want.