Visitors aren't just visitors at Old Cahawba.
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.
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