Foundation working to preserve site of Alabama’s first capital, Old Cahawba

Members of The Cahaba Foundation on Tuesday donated 27 acres to the Alabama Historical Commission to help preserve the site, and they are trying to purchase the remaining acres of what was the state’s first capital.

“It’s an absolutely magical place,” said site director and archeologist Linda Derry. The site — which had also been the location of Native American settlements for thousands of years — is archeologically rich, Derry said.

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