Monday, February 27, 2017

Old Cahawba Collage

Visitors aren't just visitors at Old Cahawba. 

They're explorers!

The archaeological park located at the confluence of the Cahaba and Alabama 
rivers was best known as Alabama's first state capital (1819-1826),
 but in the 16th Century, it served as an Indian village. Then, in the 1800s,
 Cahawba became a wealthy town with some 3,000 residents.
 During the War Between the States, a federal prison housed Union soldiers,
 and after the war, emancipated slaves took refuge there. 

Now a ghost town, St. Luke's Episcopal Church (recently moved back
 to Old Cahawba) greets guests as they enter the park.
  At right above stand brick pillars that are all that remain of the Crocheron home
 and store that overlooked the rivers. Below at right sits the Perine
 artesian well which furnished air conditioning to the Perine mansion.  

Linking to Mosaic Monday


Maggie said...

Such a fascinating place to visit, the history stretches back hundreds of years, what stories there must be within those grounds. The church is simple but full of grace, like a cathedral barn!
Happy Mosaic Monday.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We missed this part of history on our visits somehow. Fascinating .... I wish we could visit Alabama again ....sigh, so many places, so little time ;))

Lorrie said...

What a lot of history in Selma. The church with its extremely steep roof seems very imposing. Where was it moved from? The unfinished wood exterior looks very striking.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How interesting to drive out and see something this unique! Love that weathered wood! Hugs!

Janet said...

Lorrie, The church was originally built in Cahawba then moved nearby. About 10 years ago, it was moved back to Cahawba as part of the archaeological park. Its Carpenter Gothic design was by Richard Upjohn of New York who also designed other country churches (St. Andrews (Little Red Church) in Gallion, Ala.) and Trinity Church in NYC. Thanks for asking!

William Kendall said...

The steepness of the church roof particularly stands out!

Tanya Breese said...

This is gorgeous! Seriously!

riitta k said...

That is a beautiful old church - wishing you a lovely week!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

It's a magnificent old Church - I imagine the high steep roof allowed wonderful acoustics.
So much history in these southern states. said...

Just discovered this blog through City Daily Photo. Fascinating history of a beautiful city I am just discovering through photos. Delightful!