FW: 45th Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage [Aprll 9-11]
45th Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage
The 45th Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage, held April 9-11, 2010, is ranked 5th in the Alabama Tourism Office’s Top 10 Events. Eleven beautiful Greek revival and Italianate mansions, lovely Queen Anne cottages, and Victorian homes complete with breathtaking antique furnishing open daily for tours and provide a glimpse into Southern hospitality and the prosperity of an earlier era.
Originally begun as just a tour of homes, the Pilgrimage has evolved to be that and much more. Visitors enjoy the Antique Show, an afternoon tea at the turn of the century St. James Episcopal Church, or a picnic on the porch of the historic Hamilton home at sunset. The Pilgrimage Art Show, located in the heart of the Seth Lore Historic district, exhibits works by some of the South’s treasured artists. Noted authors come with stories from their books and autographs for interested patrons. Period musicians play on the porches of the tour homes, delighting pilgrims with their antique instruments. Tales from the Tomb and the Ghost Walk thrill visitors with vignettes from days of long ago.
All the events are family friendly, but new to this year’s Pilgrimage is a Sunday Afternoon Children’s Treasure Hunt. This activity is designed to allow children to accompany a parent or grandparent, tour homes and churches, and search for historic items described or pictured in the Treasure Hunt brochure. One ticket for $20.00 allows a parent or grandparent along with his/her children aged 12 or under to take part in this event. Prizes are awarded to youngsters who successfully complete the Hunt.
One of the country’s most impressive privately held collections of unique and rare documents, books, and photographs is located in a beautifully renovated historic storefront in Eufaula, Alabama, and is appropriately named Eufaula Athenaeum. This collection—pertaining to Alabama, southern, and American history—has been a labor of love for decades for owner Steve Williams, who acquired much of this stunning treasure with the help of Steven Rowe, who now serves as the collection’s curator and wrote about it for Alabama Heritage. The two-story Eufaula Athenaeum holds the memories of everything from colonial America to the civil rights movement and includes one-of-a-kind photographs, first editions of classics, documents discussing the nation’s founders, documents signed by many of America’s most notable historical figures, and forty-five unique Confederate imprints (of 450 total). Best of all, Williams makes his collection available to researchers, rendering this immense private collection of value to the public. Mr. Williams and Mr. Rowe have generously agreed to open the Eufaula Athenaeum for one hour guided tours on Saturday, April 10, 2010, in conjunction with the Pilgrimage.
Tickets for any events can be purchased either on the website at www.eufaulapilgrimage.com or at the Pilgrimage Ticket Office during the Pilgrimage. For further information, visit our website, telephone us at 1-888-EUFAULA (1-888-383-2852), or contact us by email at eufaulaheritageassoc@....
Assistant Director for Government Records
Alabama Department of Archives and History
P.O. Box 300100
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Al 36130-0100