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March 17, 2021

Old Cahawba to Host Civil War Walking Tour April 3

(Montgomery, Ala.) On Saturday, April 3, at 10 a.m., Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, invites visitors to take part in a guided, one-hour Civil War Walking Tour of the grounds of Castle Morgan, Cahaba’s prison for captured Union soldiers. Park guests will hear harrowing accounts of soldiers from both armies who called Cahawba home during wartime. Tickets for this event are $8 per person and are available at the Visitor Center.

“Visible reminders still survive from that era,” says assistant site director Jonathan Matthews. “We'll get to trace the actual outline of where Castle Morgan stood holding more than 3,000 Union soldiers.” Other stops on the tour will illustrate the hardships of the town’s residents who suffered while their husbands, fathers, and sons were off to war, many never to return. 

Participants will meet at the visitor center, rain or shine. Tickets are $8 each and available at the Old Cahawba Visitor Center; however, to accommodate social distancing, the tour is allotted for a maximum of 15 participants. Interested parties are encouraged to 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.

For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 334-872-8058 or by email at cahawbam@bellsouth.net.

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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