October 13, 2020

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OLD CAHAWBA HOSTS WALKING TOUR OF HISTORIC CEMETERIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andi Martin, Marketing and Public Relations Manager  

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

 

October 13, 2020

 

Old Cahawba Hosts Walking Tour of Historic Cemeteries 

(Montgomery, AL) On Saturday, October 17, 10:00am – 11:00 am, Old Cahawba, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission will host a “Cemetery Walking Tour” of Old Cahawba.   

Old Cahawba’s historic cemeteries provide an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the richly layered history surrounding the events that occurred at the site of Alabama’s first permanent state capital. This one-hour guided tour will visit one of Cahawba’s historic cemeteries and explore the personal sagas of many of those who lived there before joining its community of perpetual residents. Many graves date to pre-Civil War era Cahawba.

The cemeteries at Old Cahawba have undergone a multi-year preservation effort in partnership with The University of Alabama Office of Archaeological Research. Work has included repair and reassembly of damaged tombstones and cleaning markers.

Tickets are $8 each and available at the Old Cahawba Visitors’ Center. Guests should meet at the visitors’ center, rain or shine, on the day of the event.

To accommodate social distancing, the tour is allotted for a maximum of 15 participants. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets in advance of the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling 334-872-8058. Old Cahawba accepts all major credit cards.  

Per Governor Ivey’s Safer at Home guidelines, Old Cahawba will require all persons not from the same household to maintain six (6) feet of distance between individuals.

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.

Old Cahawba is a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission. 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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