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June 2, 2021

(Montgomery, AL) Visitors to Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will enjoy free admission on Saturday, June 12, sponsored by the Free and Accepted Masons of Alabama in celebration of their 200th Birthday. It will highlight the role that Old Cahawba played in the earliest years of Alabama statehood. 

June 11 is the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Masonic Grand Lodge in Alabama. During Alabama’s territorial period 18 lodges in Alabama were created by six states. Nine of these lodges met in 1821 to organize the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alabama.

Activities on Saturday will include the unveiling of an interpretive panel at 11 a.m. at the site of Halo Masonic Lodge. This lodge hosted the 1821 convention of masons, and in 1825 hosted Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de la Lafayette, the last surviving general of the Revolutionary War. Remarks highlighting the fraternity’s members who helped to establish Alabama as the 22nd State in the Union will be presented along with the reading of a Proclamation from Governor Ivy declaring June 12th as “Alabama Masonic Bicentennial Day.”

There will be guided tours of the Park during the day and food trucks will be on site for lunch. Old Cahawba Archeological Park is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Information about the Masonic events may be found at

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

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  



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