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Old Cahawba

9518 Cahaba Road

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.


Nick Linn

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Amazing place, amazing people. Great fun while walking (or biking or driving) through history!

John Whaley

Sunday, May 13, 2018
We really enjoyed our visit back into history. The interpretive signs really act as portals to the past and bring to life what once was Alabama's booming capital city.

Chelsea Suther

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

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

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

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