March 19 & 20, 2021

Come for the history, stay for the hospitality!

PILGRIMAGE IN SELMA. We invite you to come and experience history as you take an Architecture and History Sidewalk Tour of private homes, gardens, a church, a museum, and more. Only Sturdivant Hall, Brownstone Manor, Selma Art Guild, Miss Minnie Sue’s Cottage and Heritage Village will have interior tours. At the rest, your host or hostess will talk to socially-distanced visitors on the front sidewalk. You’ll be enchanted and entertained with Selma’s special blend of Southern graces and historic places in the largest historic district in Alabama.

Presented by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society and the City of Selma, patrons will delight in events that include sidewalk tours of seven homes plus an impressive French Gothic church, circa 1904, an art show and one museum. At 200 years old, Selma is home to the largest 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. Most sites are on tour from 9 am until 4 pm both days and the cemetery is on tour from 5 until 7 pm.

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, and all 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.

Among those visitors eager to experience the diverse history and architecture featured in Selma’s Pilgrimage is Angie Detoro.  Angie has attended the event almost every year for the past 10 years and speaks glowingly about her experience:

 “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, 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.”

We invite you to join Angie. 

Updates are posted on Facebook at “Selma’s Historic Pilgrimage.”  You may also email or call 334-412-8550 or 800-45-SELMA (800-457-3562).

Sponsored by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society, Pilgrimage began in 1976 as a way to share the city’s variety of architectural styles and rich history. Selma’s historic district features more than 1200 structures.

The 2020 brochure may be viewed by clicking here for the pdf download. The times have changed–most everything is open from 9 am until 4 pm except for the Cemetery Tours held between 5 and 7 pm.

Please check back frequently for updates

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 Alaina Denean Deshazo and Mickey Mathews for the photographs, Andy Burton for his technical help 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 45th Annual Historic Pilgrimage.