Selma was declared the Butterfly Capital of Alabama in 1982, and the many five foot butterflies all around town honor this fact. The butterflies were decorated by over 40 local artists, and each different winged work of art reflects the artist’s and sponsors’ individual imaginations.
Get it while it’s good! Delicious, healthy, homegrown fruits and veggies are for sale every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from early May until the end of December at the Farmer’s Market at Bloch Park.
Sitting on the banks of the Alabama River and surrounded by forests and fields teeming with wildlife, Selma offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing opportunities to fulfill any sportsman’s dreams. Try your luck at the Dallas County State Public Fishing Lake, a 100-acre gem offering excellent fishing year round.
A century after the Civil War, Selma made history again as the site of some of the most infamous events in the Civil Rights Movement including “Bloody Sunday” and the successful Selma-to-Montgomery March, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
With more than a century of history predating the Civil War, Selma has more than its fair share of historic sites that are also haunted. View 13 Dallas County sites on the Alabama Ghost Trail and take the self-guided Ghost Tour. Visit in late October, and participate in the Haunted History Tour weekend featuring Selma and Old Cahawba. But don’t get too frightened. While their tales may send a shiver up your spine, Selma’s “ghosts” are all friendly.
Selma was one of the major munitions manufacturers for the Confederacy in the Civil War, making it a prime Union target and the location of some serious battles.
Some of the loveliest examples of Selma’s architectural variety and skill can be observed in the many old churches scattered throughout the city, most still in use today. Take a self-guided tour. And find glory, humor and tenderness in the stories told by gravestones at Old Live Oak Cemetery.
Take the “Windshield Tour” through Selma’s Old Town Historic District and view over 1,250 designated historic structures in the state’s largest contiguous Historic District.
All along Historic Water Avenue, you’ll find sites of significance to both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, including the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge and the beginning of the Selma to Montgomery Trail, the Songs of Selma Park and the Bridge Tender’s House.