On Tour: Old Cahawba Archeological Site - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

On Tour: Old Cahawba Archeological Site

Students from Auburn University's school of architecture are breathing new life into Old Cahawba.

"We are reconstructing St. Luke's Episcopal Church," explained one student.

Old Cahawba made a deal with the former owners to return the church to its original site. It's a tough job, considering many pieces of the church have disappeared over the last 150 years.

In 1850, Cahawba was a bustling town. It was the county seat and the state capital before that.

"It was a very wealthy community," explained site director and archeologist, Linda Derry. "Dallas county in 1860 had the third highest per capita income in the United States."

Old Cahawba sits at the site where the Cahaba and Alabama rivers merge. That made it an important transportation hub, which attracted settlers dating back to the native Americans.

"There was a booming town here in the 1850's, a Confederate prison during the civil war, and a Friedman's village during reconstruction times," Derry said.

But there's very little visible proof of those days. You can still see two cemeteries, a slave house, and three columns that used to be part of a grand home along the river.

Most of the other homes either burned or were dismantled and moved to nearby Selma.

"This whole town, most of it's gone, but it's all still there underground," Derry said.

Run by the Alabama Historic Commission, Old Cahawba also offers nature trails and kayaking opportunities. For more information, log on to www.cahawba.com.

Reporter: Mark Bullock

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Bush's Baked Beans announces voluntary recall

    Bush's Baked Beans announces voluntary recall

    Sunday, July 23 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-07-23 23:14:18 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-07-23 23:14:18 GMT

    Bush Brothers & Co.Saturday announced a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of three varieties of its baked beans.  

    More >>

    Bush Brothers & Co.Saturday announced a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of three varieties of its baked beans.  

    More >>
  • After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist. As the law stands, because they refuse to leave, Keith Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

    More >>

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist while owner Keith Mills was on vacation.. As the law stands, because the renters refuse to leave, Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

    More >>
  • Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

    Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

    Sunday, July 23 2017 3:30 AM EDT2017-07-23 07:30:46 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 9:31 PM EDT2017-07-24 01:31:59 GMT

    Prince William and Prince Harry are paying tribute to their mother, Princess Diana, as the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash approaches.

    More >>

    Prince William and Prince Harry are paying tribute to their mother, Princess Diana, as the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash approaches.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly