Old Cahawba offers cemetery tour

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Old Cahawba will be offering people the chance to take a tour of the park’s cemeteries to explore and learn about the place and the people that once lived there.

Johnathan Matthews, assistant site director at Old Cahawba, will be the tour guide for the event.

“This tour will be for Old Cahawba’s New Cemetery, which is not really new. It was established in the 1850s, and it’s one of three cemeteries that Cahawba has,” Matthews said.

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Matthews said the discussion will be about some of the people buried in the cemetery and what their lives were like during at Old Cahawba.

“A lot of people who grew up in Alabama or that are new to the state and they hear about the significant history that Old Cahawba has, but they don’t always get a chance to come out here,” he said. “By having these first Saturday tours, I think we’ve really been able to open Cahawba up to an audience that might not have otherwise get here regularly.”

Matthews is going on 14 years of working at Old Cahawba and said he never tires of the history that the site offers.

“It really doesn’t get old for me. I’m always excited to share the history here and I learn a lot from the visitors too,” he said. “We have something for everybody. It’s always a pleasure on our part to just to impart the history and our enthusiasm for the city of Cahawba.”

Matthews said he encourages people to experience the site first hand.

“Cahawba is so much more than just the first state capital of Alabama,” Matthews said. “It will be a lot of fun. I just encourage anyone that hasn’t been before but has always been curious to come on out. I guarantee that they’ll be really surprised at the amount of history that’s represented here at Cahawba.”

The tour is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Old Cahawba. Admission is $8. Matthews said because it is a walking tour outside he encourages visitors to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.