March 17-18, 2017

Come for the history, stay for the hospitality!

Beneath the moss-covered trees of Alabama’s largest historic district, Selma opens its doors for the 42nd annual Historic Selma Pilgrimage Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18.  Spring Pilgrimage offers visitors a chance to experience hands-on history through guided tours of antebellum homes, museums, and more.  Enjoy Selma’s special blend of Southern graces and historic places as you tour Alabama’s largest historic district.

Highlights from Pilgrimage 2016:

The home tour was located entirely in the downtown historic district, many within walking distance of each other. Visitors enjoyed taking time to see many other venues such as Brown Chapel AME Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where lunch was served on Saturday; Sturdivant Hall, Old Depot, Vaughan-Smitherman and Selma Interpretive Center museums, 1860’s gristmill, Selma Art Guild and Alabama Plein Air artists’ sale plus the ArtsRevive juried arts exhibition and sale which featured Alabama artists. 

Friday evening’s reception featured the magnificent and recently remodeled Smith-Walker house. The mansion boasts 29 white columns outside and seven inside. Saturday evening guests enjoyed visits with famous residents of Old Live Oak Cemetery as they walked through the gardens among elegant tombstones.

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Selma’s Pilgrimage draws visitors from near and far to experience its diverse history and architecture. Angie Detoro is among those who attend every year. She has come to the Selma Pilgrimage for the past 10 years. “I would drive from Colorado to Tennessee and 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. 

Click on each image below for the 2016 brochure or click here for the pdf download.

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A very special thanks to Janet Gresham for her wonderful photography and copy writing on our brochure and this website. Please visit Janet’s blog about Selma. I’d also like to thank Andy Burton and the Selma Times Journal  for their contributions.   If you have questions about Pilgrimage, please print the Selma Pilgrimage Brochure  or email us at and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible. Hope to see you at one of the best events in Alabama, Selma’s 41st Annual Historic Pilgrimage.