Historic Selma Pilgrimage

Saturday, Mar 17, 2018 at 8:30am

109 Union Street, at Alabama Avenue

SPRING PILGRIMAGE IN SELMA.  The very words conjure up images of flowering beauty and historic homes dating back to the early 1800’s.  We invite you to come and experience history from the Civil War to Civil Rights as you tour private homes, museums, gardens and much more.  You’ll be enchanted with Selma’s special blend of Southern graces and historic places and the largest historic district in Alabama.

Tourists from throughout the state, and the world at large, are fascinated with the diverse history and architecture found in Selma, and you will be too.  Our Pilgrimage encompasses antebellum houses and industry, Victorian cottages, museums, and a semi-modern mansion, with accompanying stories guaranteed to enthrall visiting pilgrims.  Selma was burned in 1865 by Wilson’s Raiders and our surviving antebellum homes are cherished and waiting to be admired and shared during Pilgrimage.

Your 2017 pilgrimage will begin at the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum which serves as ticket headquarters for this event.  Having been a girl’s school, a county courthouse, a confederate hospital, and a renowned hospital during the turn of the century, the Smitherman Building tour is a “must” and most enlightening.  Its unique collections are often called a microcosm of Selma history and give visitors insight to Selma’s unique historic development.  The Friends of the Vaughan will be selling box lunches from 11 to 1 both days that may be carried out or eaten on the museums’ beautiful grounds.

Other museums on tour include Sturdivant Hall, an antebellum house museum furnished with lovely antiques true to the period, and The Old Depot Museum, an  interpretive history museum which houses an impressive collection of artifacts and memorabilia depicting life in Selma and Dallas County from prehistoric Indian times through the Civil War to Selma’s part in the Civil Rights movement.  The Museum is being opened up to show the layout of the building during its days as the L & N Depot, when it was named one of four of Alabama’s historic train depots.  To further entice visitors to the Museum, three of Selma’s authors will be available to describe, sell, and autograph copies of their books on Selma’s history.  And don’t forget to tour the Historic Society’s outdoor museum, Heritage Village, which showcases a doctor’s office, a lawyer’s office, a pigeon cote and a servant’s house; all moved from their original sites to their present location and restored for posterity.

Private homes are on tour in the morning from 9:00am ‘til 1:00 pm and a completely different tour of homes open in the afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00pm both Friday and Saturday.  Morning houses include both antebellum and Victorian houses while afternoon houses are all antebellum, beginning with the Platt-Lewis-Linden House in downtown Selma.  Kenan’s Mill, our antebellum industry, will be open in the afternoon with wandering troubadour, Paul Garner, singing and playing his guitar.  Cornmeal will be available for purchase in authentic Kenan’s Mill bags.

The current descendants of the original owners and builders of Kenan’s Mill are also opening the old Kenan Place, an antebellum home with an interesting story of the Civil War.  Kenan’s Mill and the Kenan House are on the way to the antebellum Hudson home and the antebellum Methodist Church in Summerfield, which will finish a thorough experience of the antebellum South.

Friday night’s house is truly a treat for pilgrims this year.  The Hohenberg-Jones-Hobbs House will be open to pilgrims with wine, punch and snacks available at the end of the tour.  This mansion, built in the 1930’s, has been fully restored and modernized to accommodate luxurious modern living.  The older guest house will also be open for tours.

So….Come join us on March 16th and 17th for what we think will be the best pilgrimage ever.

Selma’s Pilgrimage draws visitors from near and far to experience its diverse history and architecture. Angie Detoro is among those who attends almost every year. She has come to the Selma Pilgrimage for the past 10 years. “I drive from Colorado to Tennessee to pick up my mom and sister, then continue the drive to Alabama. We love the beautiful architectural history of Selma. We appreciate the efforts of the Selma Pilgrimage Committee who make this possible, as well as the countless volunteers we have met over the years and the individuals who so graciously open their lovely homes for the tour. We look forward to attending this year,” she said.


Daytime Ticket ($100 value): $40

Package Ticket ($120 value): $50

Child Daytime Ticket: $20

Single Daytime House: $10

Evening House Tour and Reception: $20

Kenan's Mill & Museums: $5

Church: Free

Art Shows: Free