Old Cahawba to be featured on TV special

Published 7:07 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Old Cahawba will be featured Monday, Oct. 8, on “Absolutely Alabama,” a regular feature segment that will be broadcast on Montgomery’s WSFA during the 11 a.m. feature “Alabama Live.”

Absolutely Alabama profiles people and places in Alabama that are unique and interesting to those who live here and those who visit the state.

Charles “Buddy” Perkins, a member of the Cahawba Advisory Committee, which works to bring awareness to Old Cahawba as the state’s first capital and raises funds to preserve the historic site, brought Fred Hunter, the host and producer of “Absolutely Alabama” to Cahawba recently.

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“Mr. Hunter was familiar with the Cahaba River in the Birmingham area and asked to see where the river ends,” Said Linda Derry, site director at Old Cahawba. “After viewing the picturesque location where the Cahaba enters the Alabama River, he said ‘Just experiencing that location made his trip worthwhile.’”

While at Old Cahawba, Hunter and his cameraman visited other popular locations in the “ghost town” of Cahawba and in Selma. While in Selma they filmed local noted artisan Charlie Lucas at his studio. Lucas is known as the “Tin Man” for his method of creating dramatic and eclectic works of art from scrap metal.

“Before he left, I heard Fred say he now realized that Selma was more than just ‘Civil War and Civil Rights,’” Perkins said. “And I couldn’t agree more. Nature, archaeology, history, hiking, biking, canoeing, tale-telling, art, & antiques – Cahawba and nearby Selma have something to interest just about anyone.”

The segment on Old Cahawba will also air Friday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. on WSFA’s sister station WBRC, which is channel 6 on local cable systems. WBRC will also re-air the segment Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.