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Contact: Wendi Lewis, Marketing and Public
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wendi.lewis@ahc.alabama.gov, 334-230-2680


 


September 23, 2021


 


Cemetery Walking Tour at Old Cahawba set for Oct. 2


 


(Montgomery, AL) Old Cahawba
Archaeological Park, a historic site operated by The Alabama Historical
Commission, will be hosting a Cemetery Walking Tour on Saturday, Oct. 2, from
10 a.m.-11 a.m.


 


The mysterious antiquity of Old Cahawba’s cemeteries reveals the
richly layered history surrounding this celebrated ghost town. The one-hour
guided tour of the New Cemetery, established in 1851, will explore the personal
accounts of some of those who lived here before joining its community of
perpetual residents.


 


Personal sagas will include William Curtis, patriarch of a
prominent family who was the first documented case of temporary insanity in the
state, and Augustus Hatcher Jackson, whose dreams for his future were brought
to an abrupt end by the Civil War. Participants will learn why his grave is
marked by two stones.


 


Tickets
are $8 each and available at the Old Cahawba Visitor Center. 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. On the day of
the event, participants will meet at the Visitor Center, rain or shine.


 


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.

To learn more about Old Cahawba, or the Alabama Historical Commission,
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