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Orrville - Old Cahawba

9518 Cahaba Road
334-872-8058

Cahawba was once Alabama's state capital (1820-1826) 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 of Old Cahawba, but historians and archaeologists from the Alabama Historical Commission are working hard to uncover Cahawba's historic past and to create a full time interpretive park.

Old Cahawba is an out-of-the-way ruin, but its historical significance makes the distance worth the trip. The ruins are an important archaeological site where visitors can roam the abandoned streets, view moss-covered ruins and visit with archaeologists.



Reviews

Chelsea Suther

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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
A wonderful place to enjoy nature with the kids. Every time we go we see wildlife. So cool to wander amongst the ruins of our state's first capitol and soak in some history. You may run into a few lingering residents as well 😉

William Cox

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Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
So much history at Cahawba. Not alot of buildings left, very few in fact. However there are information signs everywhere, with good details about what was at that location. The park also has tours planned most every month. Grrat place to hike.

Aunt Persnickity

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Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Lovely place for hikers and bird watchers. Beautiful moss draped trees.

Cory Hudson

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Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Nice park with good history. It is about what was there more than what is here now.

Scott Stafford

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Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Great place to experience history and see actual archaeology at work. I do wish that they let people access more of the structures. I also think they should consistently use the original spelling of "Cahaba" instead of "Cahawba". Other than those minor things, The State should reuse land in the vicinity of this ghost town, to establish a campground along the Alabama or Cahaba River, similar to Fort Toulouse at Wetumpka, Alabama.

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