Beautiful Selma

Av and I had supper before services in Selma at the Tally-Ho restaurant (507 Mangum Ave, 334.872.1390), which has been in business since the ’40s.

Tally-Ho Restaurant, Selma AL

Tally-Ho Restaurant, Selma AL

It has this really interesting English foxhunt-style theme running throughout, which is really very charming; what made it particularly lovable was that it looks as if it hasn’t been reinvented over the years….that the restaurant was decorated ages ago and it’s been carefully kept intact, without need for further embellishment.

Our waitress was a lovely lady, and it was all ‘thank yous’ and ‘yes pleases’ and pleasantries back and forth. Av had the New York strip and I had the prime rib, which was just delicious. They don’t serve horseradish sauce automatically with my dish, but when I asked if they had any prepared, our waitress offered to make some up – and it was just perfect. I didn’t order any dessert, but Av had a slice of peanut butter and chocolate pie, which was very nice.

Sweet Alabama Painted on Brick, Selma AL

Downtown Selma is just great – old drugstores, signs painted on brick (I really like this ‘Sweet Alabama’ faded sign above). I wish I’d taken more pics – I should be back really soon, so I’ll take and post more later.

Whenever we go to Selma, which is a few times every year, we always visit Live Oak cemetery. I know it sounds weird to visit a cemetery, but Live Oak is truly special. It is just *so* beautiful. Spanish moss hangs over everything – the oaks, of course, and magnolias too.

VP William Rufus de Vane King Tomb at Live Oak Cemetery, Selma AL
Above is William Rufus de Vane King’s tomb. This is what the marker beside it reads:


William Rufus de Vane King
Native Sampson County, North Carolina.
Admitted to the 1806. North Carolina House of Commons 1807-1809. U.S. Congressman 1811-1816. Secretary U.S. Legation Naples and St. Petersburg 1816-1818.

Moved to Dallas County, Alabama, 1818. A founder of Selma, named city. Delegate Alabama Constitutional Convention 1819. U.S. Senator 1819-1844, 1848-1853. U.S. Minister to France 1844-1846. President pro tempore U.S. Senate 1836-1840, 1850-1852. Vice President of United States, 1853.

William Rufus King ran with Franklin Pierce on the Democrat ticket in 1852, and when he was to take the oath of office in 1853, he was actually in Cuba to recover from tuberculosis. It was by a special order of Congress that the oath was taken by someone in a different country. His health in Cuba did not improve, so he decided to return home to Alabama. He died the next day.

All the pics below are of beautiful Live Oak cemetery:

Live Oak Cemetery, Selma AL


Monument, Live Oak Cemetery, Selma AL


Monument, Live Oak Cemetery, Selma AL


Monument, Live Oak Cemetery, Selma AL

St. James Hotel, Selma AL

The St. James Hotel was built in 1837.

Sitting Area of Lobby, St. James Hotel, Selma AL
Sitting area in lobby

Lobby: The lobby was nice.

Courtyard at St. James Hotel, Selma AL

St. James Hotel Room, Selma AL

Room: Our room was an average size with tall ceilings, which helps make the large-scale furniture not seem out of place. When we first walked in, there was a bit of a musty smell, but it went away soon after we turned the air on and left the door open for a minute or two. The bed wasn’t comfortable – not really too hard or too soft, just not very comfortable. The pillows were flat, and the sheets were frayed. Not so good. There was a ceiling fan, and thanks to it along with the air unit, we slept with the room nice and cold.

The bathroom had only three bath towels, but the shower water pressure was great.

Each of the rooms has a ‘sponsor’ – when the hotel was restored back in the ’90s, Selma families would sponsor rooms and in return, the family name would be put on the room’s door, and a brief history of the family framed in each room. I don’t recall the name of the family whose name was on our room, but we had room 315, so we giggled that it was Bear Bryant’s room.

Service: Service was okay… I just get the impression that not enough effort is put into a thorough housekeeping of the guest rooms.

Courtyard at St. James Hotel, Selma AL

What was really neat was that our room faced the river, and we were able to share a balcony with a view of the Edmund Pettus bridge.
Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma AL

It was nice to have the balcony available, and we sat in the courtyard for a little while the night we were there. It’s nice.