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We are pleased to announce the 46th annual Historic Selma Tour of Homes, formerly known as Pilgrimage.

We will be happy to arrange interviews for publicity prior to and during the event.

Below is a calendar item and Press Release to assist you with coverage of this longtime Central Alabama event. The Press Release and Calendar Item may be downloaded by clicking Press Release Selma Tour of Homes 2022 and 2022 Calendar Item.

High Resolution photographs may be found here.  Please contact us for other photos or more information at info@historicselma.org.

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Selma, AL — 46th Historic Selma Tour of Homes. You’re invited to come and experience history beginning Friday, March 18, at 6 p.m. in Orrville for a home tour, historical presentation and reception with refreshments. Saturday will showcase historic homes, museums, a church, local businesses, and art from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Travel back in time to interact with ghostly representatives of historic residents of Old Live Oak Cemetery from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets available at EventBrite.com or during the event on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. til 2 p.m. at the the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, 109 Union St. For information you may phone 334-412-8550.  Find Historic Selma Tour of Homes on Facebook or the website at HistoricSelmaTourofHomes.com.

Press Release:

Press Release:  for immediate release

Contact person:  Candi C. Duncan, 334-412 8550 or duncan98@bellsouth.net

Email: info@historicselma.org

Website:  www.historicselmatourofhomes.com

Photographs for Press:  http://historicselmatourofhomes.com/press/press-photographs/

46th Annual Historic Selma Tour of Homes is set for March 18 & 19, 2022

Selma, Alabama – The Selma Dallas County Historic Preservation Society and the City of Selma are proud to showcase our beautiful City once again.  At 202 years old, Selma is home to the largest contiguous historic district in Alabama; where a special blend of southern hospitality, Spanish moss, heirloom blooms, wrought-iron fences and intricate architecture enchant locals and visitors alike.

The 46th Tour of Homes, formerly known as Pilgrimage, will begin Friday, March 18, 2022, from 6 to 9:00 p.m. in Orrville at the Ben Ellis-Dunaway House.  Tour this majestic Greek Revival home built in 1850 as a boys’ academy then converted to a home in 1880.  The present owners, Larry and Wendy Mallo, have made this into a welcoming home that will also feature a special program and reception. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with beer, wine, and other beverages.  A shuttle from Bloch Park in Selma will be provided.

Historian Cartledge “Cart” Blackwell will be presenting a wonderful program on the Architecture of Selma and Dallas County.  Cart was raised in Selma and has a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia. He is presently the Curator at the Mobile Carnival Museum.  He is one of the most knowledgeable persons on the architecture and history of the Black Belt of Alabama.

Saturday will showcase historic homes, museums, a church, local businesses, and art from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The day will end with a tour through Old Live Oak Cemetery from 4:30 – 7:00.

Tickets will be sold at the Vaughan Smitherman Museum from 8:30 – 2:00 p.m. This Greek Revival building, built in 1847 by Selma’s Masonic Lodge #27 is one of Selma’s most historic treasures.  Originally built as a school for orphans and children of Masons; it has served as a Confederate hospital, the Dallas County Courthouse, a military school, and the Vaughan Memorial Hospital through the years.

Look, an upscale consignment and vintage resale shop, will be serving a lite breakfast and selling tickets from 9 to 11:00 a.m. and open until 4. Owner Ann Murray finds, restores, and resells furniture and other décor in her quaint shop with the brightly-painted front door. Murray also works with local vendors to sell new items including art, pottery, candles, and jewelry.

Queen City Market is a locally-owned shop in the beautifully-restored 1931 Art Deco Kress building. The store sells women’s apparel, jewelry, furniture, home accessories, and more. Owner Mandy Henry will welcome visitors to her boutique until 4 p.m. and will be serving Mimosas from 9 to 11 a.m.

Home tours begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday; all homes are open until 4:00 p.m. The tour features the Harrison-Hunter-Harper-Fuller House also known as The Oaks.  Built in 1849 for Kirkland Harrison, it is a magnificent Greek Revival home with six columns. The present owners, Dr. Cecil and Ann Fuller, have spent over 20 years renovating the palatial home which they enjoy sharing with family and friends.

The Platt-Lewis-Gayle-Linden House, built in 1849, is a two-story Italianate style house that was purchased by Charles Lewis in 1856. He saved it from burning and looting during the Battle of Selma.  The present owner, Shannon Linden, has decorated her home with beautiful antiques that showcase her exceptional silver collection.

The Shanks-Newton House, built in 1906 as a wedding gift for some of Selma’s prominent merchants, is truly one of a kind. This Colonial Revival with Georgian symmetry and ionic columns, has great architectural features including inlaid parquet floors in glorious patterns that are each unique. Laurel wreaths and swags adorn fireplace mantels and door facings in this spacious southern estate. It was purchased by the newly wed Drs. Wylie and Monica Newton in 2003 who lovingly continued the restoration and still own it today.

The McPhillips House is a Colonial Revival house built around 1907.  It features a one-story entry porch with fluted Ionic columns, a turret with a conical roof and a polygonal bay with hipped roof.  The interior has beautiful parquet floors and an intricate coffered ceiling in the dining room.  The owners, Drs. Glenn and Tomeko McPhillips, raised their three children in this warm and inviting home.

The Atkins-Ratcliffe-Gray House was built around 1916 by A.J.M. Atkins.  It is a two-story brick home with a covered front gallery framed by arches with red tile flooring. Jasmine grows along the brick columns, which gives the home a warm and inviting feeling. The present owners, Devon and Shawn Gray, are raising their two young sons in this lovely home.

Sturdivant Hall, c. 1856, offers opulence and hospitality inside and out. This magnificent mansion with its six front Corinthian columns, imported Italian marble, and quiet Southern grace is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the epitome of the South’s Golden Age.  The grand house personifies elegance and is an immediate indicator of the affluence of its past owners.  Grand.  Magnificent. Elegant.

Heritage Village is the site of several 1800’s structures that were donated to the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society and moved to this site. The buildings include the Calhoun Law Office, the McKinnon-Riggs Doctors Office, Siegel Servants Quarters, the Pigeon Cote, Gillis House, and Miss Minnie Sue’s Cottage.

Church Street United Methodist Church was built in 1902.  The Methodists were the first denomination to organize in Selma and the only church remaining on the original plot of ground assigned to by the Selma Land Company.  The current building is a Romanesque Revival style structure with a four-story corner tower that is topped with a conical copper roof.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Art Guild.  It began in 1972 as a cooperative for artists in the area.  Selma has always been a center for the arts and the Art Guild displays works in a variety of media.  This year the Art Guild will showcase art works from the last 50 years. Many of these artists were founding members of the Selma Art Guild. Works from current artists will be for sale.

Stroll through the serene and peaceful Old Live Oak Cemetery with huge Live Oaks draped with Spanish moss.  Several famous state and federal politicians are interred there, including a vice president of the United States. Visit some of Selma’s past residents who were instrumental in the formation of this historic community. Various “ghosts” will talk with visitors on Saturday evening from 4:30 until 7:00.  You will be captivated by their stories of humor, perseverance, and tragedy as history comes alive.

The package ticket price of $50 entitles you to the Friday night reception, presentation, and home tour plus Saturday’s tour of homes, a church, museums, the art guild, business receptions, and the cemetery tour on Saturday evening.  Tickets are available at EventBrite.com or between 8:30 and 2 p.m. at the Vaughan Smitherman Building, 109 Union Street, on Saturday during the Tour of Homes.  For information you may phone 334-412-8550.  Check out Historic Selma Tour of Homes on Facebook, HistoricSelma_TourofHomes on Instagram, and the website at HistoricSelmaTourofHomes.com.

Sponsored by the Selma Dallas County Historic Preservation Society and the City of Selma, Selma’s Tour of Homes/Pilgrimage began in 1976 as a celebration of the bicentennial to share the City’s exceptional variety of architectural styles and rich history.  Selma’s historic district features more than 1200 structures. Come experience hands-on history through guided tours on March 18 & 19, 2022.