While historic homes are the centerpiece of Pilgrimage, a variety of special events round out the weekend. Visitors can experience a sampling of Selma’s industrial, pioneer and cultural heritage. You probably will want to come on down and spend the night so you don’t miss these other venues!
Valley Creek Presbyterian Church
Open 1:00 – 5:00 pm
The roots of this congregation began in 1816 as the first Presbyterian Church in Alabama. Construction began in 1857 on this Greek Revival style two-story red brick church.
Open from 1 – 5 p.m
A working 1860’s gristmill (just off County Road 37/Summerfield Road north of Selma), where you can watch the millstone turn and buy freshly-ground cornmeal. Trek across Valley Creek on the swinging bridge to see the charcoal kiln. Visit the miller’s house and enjoy the beautiful park atmosphere.
508 Selma Ave.
You can view a variety of works by local artists in a turn-of-the-century cottage. Art Show hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
|Plein Air Artists
Alabama Plein Air Artists, also known as APAA, consists of artists from all over Alabama who gather once a month to paint the varied landscapes of Alabama. Many of their members will be “painting the town” during Pilgrimage 2017. Their finished art will be sold at a Wet Paint Sale at the Selma Art Guild Gallery at 508 Selma Avenue on Saturday afternoon from 4:30-6:00 pm. Free event!
| The Old Depot
c. 1891, Martin Luther King Street & Water Avenue
Open 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Immerse yourself in Selma and Dallas County’s past with a visit to the Old Depot Museum. The Old Depot Museum offers a window to Selma’s rich past. Journey from the town’s founding in 1820 through the Industrial Revolution and past the Voting Rights movement of 1965. The Depot was built on the site of the Confederate Naval Foundry which was destroyed by Federal troops during the Battle of Selma in 1865.
Open 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Selma Interpretive Center opened in 2011 and continues to attract many visitors to learn about Selma’s important role in the Civil Rights Movement. Pictures from the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement hang on its walls, and there are civil rights displays with books, CDs and brochures.
c. 1853, 713 Mabry St.
Open 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sturdivant Hall has been called “The finest Greek revival neo-classic antebellum mansion in the Southeast”. Established as a museum in 1957, it houses period antique furnishings, porcelain and doll collections, as well as an impressive collection of art by Selma native Clara Weaver Parrish. This magnificent mansion with its six front columns, is the epitome of the South’s golden age.
|Vaughan Smitherman Museumc. 1847, 109 Union Street, at Alabama Avenue
Open 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Honoring former Mayor Joseph T. Smitherman, who was instrumental in its preservation and restoration, it houses an extensive collection of Civil War memorabilia and exhibits of medical and political artifacts. The museum proudly displays exquisite Victorian antiques, nationally acclaimed art from local artists, antique documents, military memorabilia and uniforms, and medical equipment. Outside the building, the tranquil gardens beckon visitors out for a stroll along brick walks and among flowing fountains.
We look forward to your visit. We can hardly wait to share our historic town with you!