March 18 & 19, 2022

Come for the history, stay for the hospitality!SELMA TOUR OF HOMES.

We will begin Friday night in Orrville, Alabama at the beautiful Ben Ellis-Dunaway House. From 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. you can tour this majestic Greek Revival home built in 1850 as a boy’s academy. In 1880 it was converted into a home.  The present owners, Larry and Wendy Mallo, have made this into a welcoming and inviting home and will share it with us. 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 in Mobile, Alabama. He is one of the most knowledgeable persons on the history and architecture of the Black Belt of Alabama. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with beer, wine, and other beverages. A shuttle from Bloch Park in Selma will be provided.

The next day, Saturday, March 19, will showcase many of Selma’s historic homes, museums, a church, businesses, and art from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The day will end as you stroll through the serene and peaceful Old Live Oak Cemetery. Various “ghosts” will visit from 4:30 until 7:00. Visitors will be captivated by the stories of humor, perseverance, and tragedy as history comes alive.

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. Among those visitors eager to experience the diverse history and architecture featured in Selma’s Tour of Homes 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 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.

We are currently updating our website and have prepared our 2022 brochure. Updates are posted on Facebook at “Historic Selma Tour of Homes.”  You may also email  info@historicselma.org or call 334-412-8550.

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 2022 brochure may be viewed by clicking 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 Alaina Denean Deshazo and Melissa Leigh Smith for the photographs, Andy Burton for his technical help and the Selma Times Journal  for their contributions. If you have questions about the tour, please email us at Info@historicselma.org 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 46th Historic Tour of Homes.