July 29, 2019

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission

OLD CAHAWBA HOSTS "TRUE CRIME WALKING TOUR"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andi Martin, Marketing and Public Relations Manager  

andi.martin@ahc.alabama.gov, 334-230-2680

July 29, 2019

Old Cahawba Hosts “True Crime Walking Tour”


(Montgomery, AL) Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, a historic site operated by The Alabama Historical Commission, will be hosting its “True Crime Walking Tour” on Saturday, August 3, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

 Located in Orrville, near Selma, Old Cahawba was carved from the wilderness in 1819 to become Alabama’s first state capital. History tells us that Cahawba grew from the frontier into a prosperous center of wealth and culture, home to some of the most affluent families in the state. Despite its short-lived grasp on prosperity, civilization, and refinement, Cahawba was a town that had never lost its frontier mentality. From feuding families delivering street justice to colorful characters threatening to assassinate the President, Cahawba's corruption will be revealed on this one-hour guided walking tour.

 Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the more obscure parts of Cahawba’s history with this tour. The wily and wild ways of the Alabama’s 19th century frontier will be on full display through this exciting narrative.

 “I’m going to focus on some of the criminal activities that occurred down here at Old Cahawba,” said Jonathan Mathews, assistant site director. “The town had a shootout between two families. We’ll walk the grounds where this shootout actually occurred.”

Participants will meet at the visitor’s center, rain or shine. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Tickets are $8 each and available at the Old Cahawba Visitors’ Center.

 Old Cahawba lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, and from 1819 to 1826 it served as Alabama’s first capital. From downtown Selma, take Highway 22 (Dallas Avenue) west 8.6 miles. Cross over the Cahaba River and turn left onto County Road 9 and follow this 3.3 miles until it dead ends. Turn left onto County Road 2 and follow this 1.5 miles until you see the Visitor Center on the right. Visitor Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767.


To learn more about Old Cahawba, or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit www.ahc.alabama.gov.


About Old Cahawba

Old Cahawba lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, and from 1819 to 1826 it served as Alabama’s first capital. Today, the Alabama Historical Commission owns and operates this significant archaeological site.

 

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov  

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