these columns are all that is left of the 1843 crocheron mansion located in downtown cahawba. see image two for a period photograph of crocheron mansion. cahawba is located 15 miles south of selma off of Al 22.
cahawba's old capital cemetery is the final resting place of cahawba citizens and a number of confederate civil war dead. like most of the town the cemetery is in a state of disrepair. cahawba is located 15 miles south of selma off of Al 22.
the barker slave quarters is one of a couple existant buildings in cahawba. the kirk-view plantation house burned down in 1935. see image two for a period photograph of kirk-view plantation house and the barker slave quarters. cahawba is located 15 miles south of selma off of Al 22.
castle morgan was a confederate prison during the civil war located near the old capitol in cahawba. after the battle of selma confederate general nathan bedford forrest and union general james wilson met at the old alabama capitol to arrange a prisoner exchange. cahawba is located 15 miles south of selma off of Al 22.
cahawba was established in 1819 as alabama's second capital. in 1826 the capital again moved to tuscaloosa alabama. cahawba is located at the confluence of the alabama and cahaba rivers and was an important cotton shipping town. in 1859 a railroad line was built through cahawba which triggered a building boom. just prior to the civil war over three thousand people lived in cahawba. during the civil war cahawba was the site of a confederate prison camp. during the radical reconstruction era after the civil war the town declined and the county seat of dallas county moved to selma. by 1900 most of cahawba's buildings had burned, fallen in, or were dismantled. only a couple of structures can be seen today. cahawba is a very interesting place to visit for those interested in alabama history. cahawba is listed on the national register of historic places. from downtown selma take AL 22 south about ten miles then east on CR 9 about five miles to cahawba.
Cahawba was the State Capital of Alabama between 1820 and 1826. Today, it is a ghost town, with only a few structures remaining. It is possible that Old Cahawba is of more interest to serious archeologists than Rodney in Mississippi, but Rodney definitely has more to see, and more spook factor as well.
All the same, Old Cahawba is worth a couple of hours of your time. Just be aware that most of the buildings in Cahawba are simply gone: the bricks were recycled elsewhere. Today, Cahawba is mostly a collection of markers: here was the capitol, there was the courthouse and so on.
If you are a disaster connoisseur, you might be interested to know that the horrendous Sultana fire and shipwreck near Memphis killed scores of Union soldiers being transferred back home from the huge Cahawba Confederate prison camp.
the 1841 fambro house is one of a couple of existant buildings in cahawba. the fambro house is privately owned and not open to the public. cahawba is located 15 miles south of selma off of Al 22.