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SELMA, AL -
Beneath the moss-covered trees of Alabama's largest historic
district, Selma opens its doors for the 38th annual Historic Selma
Pilgrimage this weekend, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16.
year, Selma's impressive Jewish heritage, including Temple Mishkan Israel, The
Harmony Club and downtown homes and businesses of former Jewish merchants are
included in the tour along with other venues.
begins in the mid-1800s when Selma's first industrialist persuaded German
citizens, many of them Jews, to immigrate to Central Alabama. They arrived on
the bluffs of the Alabama River and established a variety of retail and
wholesale stores. The newcomers contributed their time and skills to help build
Selma into the "Queen City of the Black Belt," and their names remained
prominent through the 19th and 20th Centuries.
House, an Italian Renaissance Revival home built by Jewish businessman
Isidore Kayser. He owned Kayser Department Store, and this house incorporates
ideas from his many travels.
Harmony Club, a former Jewish social club turned residence plus first-floor
Italian restaurant and antique shop. This century-old building was featured in The
New York Times and on HGTV. Much of the interior remains original,
including the huge ballroom.
House, a handsome Queen Anne home that was owned by the family of
Jewish businessman Levi Koenigstahl. The unusual mural on the parlor ceiling
has been beautifully preserved.
House, an Old South home with Italianate influence built in 1858 by
Selma businessman George O. Baker. Lincrusta, a wall covering made to simulate
hand-tooled leather, is a highlight as well as door panels hand-painted by the
Baker daughters (who were cousins of Tiffany artist Clara Weaver Parrish).
Office, an 1884 Gothic Revival that was the Keith family's homeplace. It
may be the only law firm anywhere to claim an original carriage house and dairy
barn as part of its property.
an 1860 home that was built as a one-story brick stucco but remodeled in 1902
into the two-story beauty it remains today. This home will be on tour for the
Friday evening reception only.
Mishkan Israel, an 1899 Romanesque Revival where hundreds of Jews worshiped
during the 20th Century. Featured are exquisite stained-glass
windows and The Torah Scroll, which was built in 1841 by the Jewish scribe Baer
Abernalfer of Bretagne, France.
Building, an 1860's Water Avenue business that once housed a wholesale
grocery, cotton merchant, furniture store and now trading post.
New this year are the Downtown
Walking and Shopping Tour which begins at the Walton Theatre, and The Tin Man's
Gallery, studio of renowned folk artist Charlie Lucas. The downtown tour
includes a replica of Old Testament Tabernacle furnishings at Phoenix Park on
Water Avenue. The exhibit was built by Mobile machinist Dewey Miller.
Three museums, Sturdivant Hall,
Vaughan-Smitherman, and Old Depot, will be open, and visitors are invited to
the ArtsRevive Juried Art Show in the historic Carneal Building. The Selma Art
Guild hosts both a show and sale by regional artists and the Alabama Plein Air
Artists "Wet Paint" sale.
Friday night events include the
Old Live Oak Cemetery Tour where Selma's residents-at-rest tell how they helped
shape history. Tours begin at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Then, enjoy the ambience of a
charming 1860 Old Town home for an evening reception. The
Milhous-Jones-Childers House will be open from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Temple Mishkan
Israel also plans a 6 p.m. service.
Stop by Pilgrimage Headquarters
between 8:30 and 4:30 at the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum (109 Union St.) for tickets
and refreshments, then experience southern hospitality through guided tours.
House tours are 9-1 and 1-5, but hours for other venues vary.
selmapilgrimage.com for more information or to download a brochure and to check
special offers. Updates are posted on Facebook at "Selma's Historic
Pilgrimage." You may also email email@example.com or call
334-412-8550 or 800-45-SELMA (800-457-3562). Discounts are available for
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.