If you have never visited Selma, Spring is a beautiful time of year,
and Pilgrimage Weekend (March 15-16) is filled tours of historic homes,
buildings, art shows and a cemetery "ghost" tour.
For the letter "B" over at ABC Wednesday, I chose a photo
of the 1858 Baker-Brooks House. It was built by George Baker,
a Philadelphia native who moved South and developed uses
for cottonseed oil. He built Selma's first cottonseed oil mill
and was a major financial contributor to many community projects.
During the Civil War, the house was in the flight path
of Battle of Selma forces that fled to Valley Creek and the Alabama River.
A mortally wounded Union soldier found refuge inside but died in the front hall.
If you are very astute, you might be able to locate the area
in the yard where a tunnel was dug to store food.