Friday, March 27, 2015

A Fence with Character

When I look back at old photos of Selma, it seems every yard had a fence,
 but maybe that is because Selma had ironworks, so good fences
 were readily available. But many yards  had pretty wooden fences,
 and while many of these relics are gone, it is still refreshing to walk down
 streets that have fences with character. 

Linking to Good Fences

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Signs, Signs (Ecor Bienville)

 
A century before Selma became a town, the site that sits high on a soapstone bluff 
was called Ecor Bienville.  In 1714,  Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville,
 Governor of the Province,made a friendly visit to the Alibamo Indians here.
 
The monument to commemorate his visit was erected in 1932 by National Society
 of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Alabama. 
 
This monument recently was moved closer to Water Avenue due to sewer repair 
on Lauderdale Street. The background fence was added and the riverbank 
cleaned of vines and shrubs, creating a better view 
of the Alabama River and Edmund Pettus Bridge.  
 
Linking to Signs, Signs
and City Daily Photo Blogs

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

K is for Kenan's Mill Painting


during the Selma Historic Pilgrimage this past weekend,
 and here is a beauty by Jack Kidd

Many plein air paintings sold at the Selma Art Guild's
 Wet Paint Sale Saturday, but some are still available 
this Friday and Saturday from 12-4.

Kenan's Mill is an 1860's gristmill that stayed in business more than a century,
 producing stone-ground grits and cornmeal. The mill is open to the public
 during Selma's Historic Pilgrimage in March and for the Kenan's Mill Festival
 in early November.

 The Kenan's Mill park can be rented for special occasions.
 It includes the mill, mill house, covered stage, swinging bridge
 across Valley Creek, brick charcoal kiln and barn area with restrooms. 

Linking to ABC Wednesday where the Letter of the Week is "K"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our World, Colors of Spring

Selma welcomed Spring with its 40th annual Pilgrimage, and on Friday night,
 these lovely young ladies greeted guests on the front porch
 of the Evening House Tour and Reception. 

To see more Pilgrimage photos, visit Selma's Historic Pilgrimage Facebook page.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Loving These Blues

Many yards and curbs turn blue in March
 with the appearance of these dainty blue flowers. 

I hate to watch them fade, but when they do,
 then the dogwoods and azaleas are peaking,
 and oh what a glorious sight!

Linking to

Blue Monday
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Jordan House Parlor

The light and colors and curves of this exquisite Italianate home are a work 
of architectural art. I just love that the residents have furnished
 it with period antiques, even the chairs and couches,
 and kept its interior simple yet elegant. 
 
The home was built in 1869 for Gus Jordan (related to the famous Auburn Coach
 Ralph "Shug" Jordan). Coach Jordan grew up in Selma, and locals
 remember him visiting here and playing catch in the yard!
 
 The home remained in the Jordan family until 1978. 

You can tour this home today from 1-5 p.m. on Selma's Historic Pilgrimage.
 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Pilgrimage Arrives with Spring

Selma's 40th Historic Pilgrimage arrives with the first day of Spring today,
 and St. Andrew's Hall is among the tour venues. 

The hall at Queen of Peace Catholic Church is said to have been rebuilt 
from a Masonic building that was downriver at Cahaba, first capital of Alabama. 

For more Pilgrimage information, visit the Pilgrimage website,  and keep up 
with photos on Selma's Historic Pilgrimage Facebook page. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Battle of Selma Historic Trail

Several Battle of Selma historic markers have been installed around town
 in recent weeks, and more will be erected before April's 150th anniversary
 of one of the last battles of the War Between the States. 

This marker is located at the St. James Hotel and tells the story
 of its occupation by Union Gen. James H. Wilson. The hotel, known back then
 as The Gee House Hotel, was managed by Benjamin Sterling Turner,
 a slave who was freed after the battle and went on to become
 the first African American U.S. congressman from Alabama. 
Turner is buried in Old Live Oak Cemetery.
 The cemetery will open Saturday evening during Spring Pilgrimage
 for "ghost tours" as its residents tell their stories.

 Also, visitors can follow the battle trail via these signs. 

Linking to Signs, Signs

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

J is for The JEWELER'S House

 The walls of this 1837 home in Old Town have quite a story to tell!

During the War Between the States, its owner, S.F. Hobbs,
 owned a JEWELRY store in downtown Selma.

 A native of Maine, he became southern after he moved South
 and served in the Confederate Army in opposition to his six northern brothers.
 When Union troops moved toward Selma in the spring of 1865,
 his wife (a true Southern Belle) hid the jewelry store silver inside the walls
 of their home and sewed the fine JEWELRY into her petticoat. 

Then when the Yankees knocked on her door, she kindly offered them
 pieces of costume jewelry to take home to their sweethearts,
 thus saving the silver and the jewels. 

There is more to the story, and perhaps you will hear it 
at the Selma Pilgrimage's Evening Tour and Reception
 this Friday, March 20  from 6:30-8 p.m.

Linking to ABC Wednesday
where the Letter of the Week is J


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Next Big Thing...Pilgrimage!

The next big thing in Our World is the 40th Historic Selma Pilgrimage this weekend!

This file photo shows a tour of the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum,
 which is Pilgrimage Headquarters where visitors can purchase tickets,
 have refreshments and tour the building. 

The 2015 tour features homes, churches and museums that chronicle
 our Civil War to Civil Rights history. After all, this is the 50th anniversary
 of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches and the 150th anniversary
 of the Battle of Selma. Visit the Selma Pilgrimage website for more information!


 
Linking to Our World Tuesday

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