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Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Alabama's First Statehouse

 
 
Alabama's First Statehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 30, 2014
1. Alabama's First Statehouse Marker
This marker replaces an older marker.
Inscription. Alabama's first statehouse stood on this lot, but no drawing by a person who actually saw it has been found. It was built in 1819 and destroyed in 1833, before the invention of photography. There are many drawings of the statehouse, but all are pure conjecture.

Compare these drawings to instructions given to the builders of the capitol in 1819. Then you decide which is best.

The building to be two story, fifty-eight feet long, and forty-three feet wide; each story to be twelve feet in the clear. The interior to be divided above and below stairs by a passage fourteen feet wide, …Two chimnies and eight windows are to be provided at each end and twelve windows on each front of the building; to be commenced two feet below the surface of the earth, and to be two brick and a half thick to the first floor (which must be three feet above the surface of the earth), and from thence two brick. …The shingles are to be of cypress or heart pine.
 
Erected 2013 by the Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 19.047′ N, 87° 5.833′ W. Marker is in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Vine Street, on the right when traveling east on Capitol Avenue
Marker text on left side. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 30, 2014
2. Marker text on left side.
Includes QR code for more information.
. Click for map. Located within the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 486 Capitol Avenue, Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cahaba First State Capital (within shouting distance of this marker); Vine Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Commissary - R.R. Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Footprint of a Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dallas County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Saltmarsh Hall (about 400 feet away); A Prison Chimney? (about 500 feet away); Major Hiram Solon Hanchett (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cahaba.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Cahawba, Alabama's First State Capital. (Submitted on August 3, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Site of Alabama's Statehouse” (Submitted on August 4, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Right side of marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 30, 2014
3. Right side of marker.
The Capitol Dome
Oral tradition maintains that this steeple
on a church in Lowndesboro, Alabama was
once the "dome" on Cahawba's statehouse.
Middle of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 30, 2014
4. Middle of Marker
Top Left: Hugh Martin's Version of the Statehouse
From William H. Brantley, Jr.'s Book, Three Capitals

Top Right: Robert Mallown's Version of the Statehouse
Old Cahawba, Alabama Historical Commission

Bottom Left: Thomas Kaufmann's Version of the Statehouse
Old Cahawba, Alabama Historical Commission

Bottom Right: Anna Gale Fry's Version of the Statehouse
From Her Book Memories of Old Cahaba
Alabama's First Statehouse Marker Area in Old Cahaba image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 30, 2014
5. Alabama's First Statehouse Marker Area in Old Cahaba
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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