2020 Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes

MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 25-26!

Due to the corona virus outbreak, the Wilcox Historical Society has rescheduled its Pilgrimage in Camden, Alabama, from March 27 – 28 to September 25 – 26, 2020. If you have already purchased a ticket to the Pilgrimage it will be honored in September.

The entire weekend will operate as originally scheduled. James Farmer will be the Guest Speaker at RiverBend Plantation on Friday night, 9/25. All six homes will be open to tour Saturday, 9/26, and The Brittany House Antiques will provide ticket holders breakfast that morning as originally planned. In addition, the First Annual Pilgrimage Ball, sponsored by the Furman Historical Society, will be held at Wakefield in Furman on Saturday Night, 9/26.

If you currently have a reservation at Liberty Hall Bed & Breakfast or the Capell House at Pebble Hill Bed & Breakfast, you will still have your rooms in September unless you call and cancel your reservation. Visitors staying at other hotels/venues must contact your provider to change your reservation.

This decision has not been made lightly and we are keenly aware that many people planned travel months in advance to join us for the Pilgrimage. Ultimately, the public health and safety of both our guests and our community must be our number one priority.

Again, please know how much we value your continued support of our Pilgrimage and regret any inconvenience this will cause. We feel however that rescheduling this special weekend to September 25 -26, 2020, is the only responsible course of action in these most unusual circumstances.

We hope to see you all in September!

For more information, please contact 256-975-7616. Tickets are available at wilcoxhistoricalsociety.org at The Pecan on Broad, Black Belt Treasures, and The Brittany House Antiques in Oak Hill.

Following is the original Tour information:

Camden and the surrounding area will be the site of the Wilcox Historical Society’s 2020 Tour of Homes!

Join us Saturday, March 28 in beautiful Camden, Alabama as we celebrate our state and county history through a tour of many of the areas most well preserved, historically significant structures. The tour will be held from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The historic homes on tour this year include Yaupon– the Matthews-Tait-Rutherford Home, River Bluff Plantation – the Beck-Bryant-Talbot Home, the Strother-Gibbs Home, House on the Hill – the Liddell-Phillippi Home and the Beck-Darwin-Hicks Home.

This year’s tour also includes a Living History event at Liberty Hall! Company F of the 31st Alabama Infantry CSA and the 20th Kentucky Volunteers USA will be camping in the pecan grove on the grounds. They are a family unit of reenactors that represent both sides of the Civil War. At 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM they will reenact the day the Union troops arrived at Liberty Hall. At 12 PM Living Historian Scotty Myers will portray Jefferson Davis from the balcony of Liberty Hall, speaking to the citizens of Alabama as he traveled through the state in 1864. Liberty Hall – the McDowell – Harris Home will also have the hall and formal rooms open for touring.

Churches in downtown Camden on the 2020 tour are the First Presbyterian Church and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Also on tour will be the Old Shoe Shop Museum in downtown Camden along with the Beck-Miller Law Office, the Dale Lodge and the Old Wilcox County Jail.

Tickets to the tour also include admittance to the Welcome Reception on Friday evening, March 27 at 6 PM, at RiverBend Plantation. Special guest speaker will be Mr. James Farmer, noted Southern author and interior designer. Wine and hor d’oeuvres will be served at the reception. The reception is sponsored by The Pecan on Broad and The Brittany House Antiques.

Ticket holders are invited to a complimentary Southern Breakfast at The Brittany House Antiques in Oak Hill from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Saturday morning.

Lunch will be available for purchase in downtown Camden at the Dale Lodge – BBQ and sides, the Wilcox Female Institute – Blue Spoon Cooking Company, and The Pecan on Broad – sandwiches, salads, sides and desserts from 11 Am – 2 PM. Other restaurants in Camden open for lunch Saturday are Jackson’s Fried Chicken, Larry’s Drive In, and Rack and Reel Sports Grill.

In addition, the Furman Historical Society is sponsoring the first annual Pilgrimage Ball at Wakefield in Furman, Saturday night, March 28th featuring period music by the string band Un-Reconstructed to conclude the weekend’s festivities. Antebellum period civilian dress or formal attire is requested. Ticket prices are $75 per person/$150 per couple. Click here to purchase tickets to the Ball. Tickets are limited. Please note that tickets to the Ball are separate from the Tour.

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase online at eventbrite.com starting January 10th. Click here for the link to order online. Tickets can be purchased in Wilcox County beginning on Friday, January 24th at Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center or The Pecan on Broad in Camden or at The Brittany House Antiques at Oak Hill and on the day of the tour at tour headquarters – the Wilcox Female Institute in Camden. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for a group of 10 or more, $30 for WHS members*, students** $25 and children*** 6 and under free. *Members please note that in order to receive your $10 discount your ticket must be purchased locally. ** Student tickets valid with student ID,  not available online. *** Children tickets not available online.

Before beginning the tour, please remember to pick up your brochure, map and wristband at tour headquarters. Items will be available beginning at 2:30 PM until 6:30 PM at the Wilcox Female Institute on Friday, March 27th or Saturday, March 28th beginning at 8:30 AM.

Let us know if you have any questions! We can be reached at P O Box 464, Camden, Alabama 36726, wilcoxhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or message us on the Wilcox Historical Society Facebook page or Instagram page. Discounted ticket pricing available for groups of 10 or more when tickets are purchased in advance by calling the tour coordinator.  The Tour Coordinator can be reached at 256-975-7616.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

2 thoughts on “2020 Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes

  1. Ok since members are discounted- do I need to get a list of paid members for 2020 to the places selling tickets locally. As of now there are only a handful other than life members who have paid dues?  

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    1. I was just about to contact you! Yes, please prepare a new list for locals. Officially tickets will be available locally January 24th. Lance and Pecan on Broad will have some to sell to visitors today since they are hosting several tour groups. We will also be selling tickets at the Feb 6th meeting of course so I will have membership forms ready for that and I have added an updated form to the website. Thanks so much!

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