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Sturdivant Hall Museum, Selma

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Sturdivant Hall, also known as the Watts-Parkman-Gillman Home, is a historic Greek Revival mansion and house museum in Selma, Alabama, United States. Completed in 1856, it was designed by Thomas Helm Lee for Colonel Edward T. Watts. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1973, due to its architectural significance. Edward Vason Jones, known for his architectural work on the interiors at the White House during the 1960s and 70s, called it one of the finest Greek Revival antebellum mansions in the Southeast.
Construction of what is now known as Sturdivant Hall began in 1852, but was not completely finished until 1856. Following completion, Edward Watts and his family lived in the house until 1864, when the house was sold and the family moved to Texas. The house was purchased from Watts by John McGee Parkman, a local banker, for the sum of $65,000 on February 12, 1864. Following the end of the American Civil War, Parkman was made president of the First National Bank of Selma. The bank engaged in cotton speculation and accumulated huge losses. The military governor of Alabama, Wager Swayne, had his Reconstruction authorities take possession of the bank and arrest Parkman. He was imprisoned at the county jail at Cahaba. Assisted by his friends, Parkman attempted to escape from the prison on May 23, 1867, but was killed.
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  • Wonderful old home. Great guided tour. Reasonable entry fee. Well kept etc. This compares very favorably to other plantation type homes I have toured in the south. Actually probably the best. lots...  more »
  • This is a gorgeous old house, well kept with lots of the original furnishings. It's very large, with high ceilings. First we had quite the knowledgeable docent for the first floor, enjoyed him...  more »
  • A well-preserved homeplace. The upper levels aren't easy to access for those with mobility issues, but there's lots of charm on the main levels.
  • What great history. What a great story. To hear it told makes you feel you are in the 1800s

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