Old Cahawba makes list of USA’s eeriest ghost towns; Civil War walking tour is Saturday

Alabama’s first state capital, Cahawba, is featured on a Bankrate.com list of 8 Eeriest Ghost Towns.

Cahawba was a thriving frontier community on the Alabama River near Selma in Dallas County. Yellow fever and flooding were among the reasons Legislators moved the capital to Tuscaloosa in 1826. Later, Cahawba was the site of Castle Morgan, a notorious Confederate prison.

Today the site is a state archaeological park administered by the Alabama Historical Commission and well worth a visit.

On Saturday the park will host Civil War Walking Tour from 10-11 a.m. No battles were fought there, but you’ll learn about the Castle Morgan prison and how the Civil War touched the area. Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Gen. James H. Wilson met here in 1865 following the Battle of Selma.

The grounds are open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the visitor center from noon-5 p.m. Old Cahawba is at 9518 Cahaba Road in Orrville. The phone and fax number is 334-872-8058.

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