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, t
he
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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