2021 Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes

MOVED (Again) to March 26 – 27, 2021!

Due to the continued coronavirus pandemic, the Wilcox Historical Society has rescheduled its Tour of Homes in Camden, Alabama to March 26 – 27, 2021. If you have already purchased a ticket to the Pilgrimage it will be honored in 2021.

The entire weekend will operate as originally scheduled with two exciting additions. James Farmer will still be the Guest Speaker at RiverBend Plantation on Friday night, March 26th. However, the expanded Tour now includes seven homes and three churches on Saturday, March 27th. The Brittany House Antiques in Oak Hill 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, March 27th.

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 March unless you call and cancel your reservation. Visitors staying at other hotels/venues must contact your provider to change your reservation.

As a thank you for your patience and support, two historic sites have been added to our Tour of Homes! The first addition is Pleasant Ridge, circa 1844. This tall-columned “big house” is not only the last extant brick antebellum house in Wilcox County, but also one of less than a dozen brick homes of the period to survive in the Black Belt. We are also adding the historic Antioch Baptist Church. Opened in 1885, it is one of the oldest African-American churches in Wilcox County and was a crossroads of the civil rights movement. In fact, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the church twice in 1965.

Other historic homes on the tour are:  House on the Hill – the Liddell-Phillips Home, circa 1834, the Strother-Gibbs House, circa 1900, Yaupon – the Mathews-Tait-Rutherford House, circa 1840, River Bluff – the Beck-Bryant-Talbot House, circa 1840s, the Beck-Darwin-Coats House, circa 1846 and Liberty Hall – the McDowell-Harris home (hall and formal rooms only).

Churches in Camden on tour in addition to Antioch Baptist are the First Presbyterian Church and the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Other historic sites on tour are the Old Shoe Shop Museum, the Beck-Miller Law Office and the Old Wilcox County Jail as well as the Tour and WHS headquarters, the Wilcox Female Institute and Dale Lodge No. 25.

Please know the decision to move the Tour of Homes again has not been made lightly. We are keenly aware that many of you planned travel months in advance and adjusted those plans to join us for the Tour. Ultimately, the public health and safety of both our guests, homeowners, and our community must be our number one priority.

Again, please know how much we value your continued support of our Tour of Homes and regret the inconvenience this will cause. We feel however that rescheduling this special weekend to March 26-27, 2021, is the only responsible course of action in these most unusual circumstances.

We hope to see you all in March!

For more information, please contact 256-975-7616. Tickets are available at  Eventbrite.com.

2 thoughts on “2021 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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