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Selma Driving Tour

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Av and I downloaded the Selma, Alabama "windshield tour" from Selma's tourism site - here are some pics:

(above:) This is St. Paul's Episcopal Church - organized in 1838, this building is from 1875 (original building burned by Wilson's Raiders in 1865 during the Battle of Selma). Clara Weaver Parrish, who was a famous artist for the Tiffany Company, was a parishoner here and designed many of the stained glass windows here.


(above:) First Baptist Church - this church also has Clara Weaver Parrish-designed Tiffany windows. BTW, there aren't too many Baptist churches with gargoyles, but this one has them...


(above:) On Lauderdale Street - part of this house was built before 1842, then it was remodeled to the Victorian style in 1898.


(above:) Lauderdale Street - this home was supposedly copied from a castle on the Rhine.


(above:) On Lauderdale.


(above:) On Church Street. This is one of many houses in Selma that were moved here from Cahawba, Alabama's first state capital (my visit to Cahawba is here).


(above): On Church Street - this is 'Kingston'. Built in 1867, it was once owned by Confederate Captain Joseph Forney Johnston, who was also Governor of Alabama from 1896-1900 and US Senator from 1907-1913.


(above:) Victorian home on Church Street.


(above): On Church Street - Queen Anne and Neo-Classical architecture.


(above:) On Church Street - this home was deeded to three different churches (Methodist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian) for the purpose of making sure that it would never be torn down to become a parking lot for the Baptist Church. The churches later sold it to a couple who moved to Selma because of their interest in Edgar Cayce.


(above:) Dallas Avenue - built in 1915 - some scenes from "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" were filmed here.


(above:) Tremont Street - another pretty Victorian home.


(above:) Tremont Street - Queen Anne home built in 1903.


(above:) Tremont Street - Meriwether. Built in 1880s, Neo-classical design.


(above:) Tremont Street - this home is believed to be the governor's home from Cahawba.


(above:) Neo-classical home on Tremont.


(above:) On Tremont - the John Tyler Morgan home, built in 1869. Moved here from Cahawba.


(above:) On Mabry, this is the White-Force Cottage. Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister, Martha Todd White, lived here. MTW and her husband would visit Washington during the War and would smuggle back medical supplies to the South. This home is used for catered events now - Av and I have been to an event here - it's pretty nice.


(above:) This is Sturdivant Hall.


(above:) On Mabry, this home was built in 1854 with walls three bricks deep.


(above:) On Mabry Street - built in 1837, a native of Maine moved to Selma to open a jewelry store, and fought on the side of the Confederacy against his six Yankee brothers.


(above:) On Lapsley - built in 1859, the first floor was used as a Union hospital during the War while the family was allowed to live upstairs. The owner of the home was the president of Selma Bank and hid the bank's gold inside the left column on the front porch.


(above:) On Lapsley - this is the Brownstone Manor, built in 1904. Frequently visited by F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, whose friends owned the home.


(above:) On Lapsley, this was the home of General William Hardee (it's under renovation).


(above:) On Selma Avenue, this home was built in the late 1850s.


(above:) This is the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum. It's been used as a school, Confederate hospital, courthouse, and regional hospital.


(above:) On Alabama Avenue, this was the home of Mr. Leslie Devotie, a Baptist minister, who was the first casualty of the War (he drowned in Mobile Bay while boarding a Confederate vessel).


(above:) On Alabama Avenue, this house was built in 1884 and is Carpenter Gothic.

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