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Twilight is a special time in Old Live Oak Cemetery during Selma’s Historic Pilgrimage as Selma’s rich history comes to life. Visitors both young and old will be captivated when some of Selma’s former residents join our earthly plane and tell how they helped shape America’s history. Limited size groups will be led through the winding paths of Old Live Oak Cemetery on approximately one hour tours between 4:30-7 pm.
Platt-Lewis-Gayle-Linden House

ca. 1849

Open 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday

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.

Shanks House

ca. 1906

Open 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday

The Shanks House, built 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.

Sturdivant Hall

ca. 1853

Open 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday

Sturdivant Hall is also a must see on the tour that offers opulence and hospitality as you tour inside! 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.  High ceilings, elaborate moldings and stairways exemplify the classical architectural ideals.  Heart pine floors, delicately detailed marble fireplaces and servant call bells are a few of the home’s interesting features. Grand. Magnificent. Elegant. All describe Sturdivant Hall which has been called “The finest Greek revival neo-classic antebellum mansion in the Southeast”.

Ben Ellis-Dunaway House

ca. 1850

Open 6 – 9 pm, Friday

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.