Hear the Dead Speak: A Special Walking Tour of Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Sponsored by Alabama Archaeological Society, City of Selma & Alabama Historical Commission
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 10:00am

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
9518 Cahaba Road
Orrville, AL 36767
United States

Be an “above-ground archaeologist,” and discover messages in the relic landscape of Old Cahawba that were left behind by the town’s long dead residents.  This guided walking tour of Alabama’s most famous ghost town lasts about 45 minutes.  Bring your walking shoes, camera and curiosity for this intriguing tour.  Admission $4.   For more information call 334 - 872-8058.

(Note: this event is part of Selma’s Haunted History Weekend.)   

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park is located 13 miles west of Selma.

From 1819 to 1826, Cahawba served as Alabama's first capital. It was once a thriving antebellum river town, a major distribution point for cotton shipped down the Alabama River to Mobile, a Confederate prison for captured Union soldiers, and a rural community of African American families. By 1900, however, most of Cahawba's buildings had burned, collapsed, or had been dismantled. A place of picturesque ruins, Cahawba today is an important archaeological park with an extensive descendants' network.

Things to do:

  • Visit the Welcome Center with exhibits, visitor information, restrooms and gift shop.
  • Explore a landscape of ruins and relics, chimneys and gravestones, ornamental well heads and columns with our self-guided brochures.
  • Enjoy the picnic areas with tables, grills, water fountains and restrooms. Wheelchair accessible picnic tables are available.
  • Hike our 1/2 mile nature trail with scenic overlook - fully accessible for visitors in wheel chairs or with other mobility impairments. 

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
9518 Cahaba Road
Orrville, AL 36767
Phone: (334) 872-8058
Email: cahawba@bellsouth.net

Free admission to the park. Open 9am-5pm daily. Visitor Center open 12-5pm.


Contact Information
Linda Derry


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