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The Future of Old Cahawba
Alabama’s most famous ghost town—Old Cahawba*, near Selma—is getting a new future because private donors are giving private dollars to protect and develop a state-owned landmark.
At a lively event this morning at Alabama’s current state capitol, The Cahaba Foundation presented the Alabama Historical Commission with deeds to 10 parcels of land at Alabama’s first state capital. The land includes scenic riverfront property and parcels in the archaeologically-rich former town center.
The Alabama Historical Commission accepted deeds to the land and announced its plan for a new visitor complex that will serve as a gateway to the site and to the Black Belt. It will include two of the town’s original historic buildings and a new building that will use best practices in environmentally responsible design.
The Alabama Historical
Commission owns and operates Old Cahawba. The
Cahaba Foundation is a non-profit organization
founded to support Old Cahawba.
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* “Cahawba” is the
spelling used until around 1850 when many of the
inhabitants dropped the “w” from the name. The
AHC uses the original spelling; other
organizations use the more modern spelling.