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Old Cahawba, Alabama

Saturday, March 11, 2006

One of the other places Av and I drove to this week was Old Cahawba (or Old Cahaba), which was Alabama's first capital city.

This monument reads:

Cahaba First State Capital
1818-1826
This stone marks the site of Cahaba, selected November 21, 1818 as the first permanent capital of Alabama. The seat of government remaining here until removed to Tuscaloosa by the legislature January 1825.
On December 13, 1819, it was fixed as the seat of justice of Dallas County, and so continued until December 14, 1865.
As state capital and county seat, Cahaba was representative of the best in the life of a great commonwealth.
Erected by the Alabama Centennial Commission and by the citizens of Dallas County, and dedicated November 11, 1919.
Monument to the Capital, Old Cahawba, Alabama

There are signs all over telling where things used to be. This lovely field was a busy street.
Site of Vine Street, Old Cahawba, Alabama

We walked down this path (how pretty!!):
Pathway, Old Cahawba, Alabama

...to where the Alabama and Cahaba River meet.
Rivers, Old Cahawba, Alabama

This cabin was there as well:
Cabin, Old Cahawba, Alabama

...these columns are all that's left of the Crocheron mansion (c. 1843). Everything of the house was sold (or taken) off, and the columns were left because the brick that makes them up is pie-wedge shaped - so they're only good for making other columns!
Columns of Crocheron Mansion, Old Cahawba, Alabama

One of the Crocheron Columns, Old Cahawba, Alabama

This house below is the house built by Sarah and Samuel Kirkpatrick, later given to their son, Clifton Kirkpatrick, who was a big advocate of Black Belt agriculture. He was later known as the 'Duke of Cahaba.'
Kirkpatrick Home, Old Cahawba, Alabama

There's lots of really good material about Cahawba here at the Old Cahawba site.

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