42nd Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Many people are expected to come down these streets this weekend just to see what it was like to live in historic times.

It's the 42nd annual Eufaula pilgrimage that takes visitors though some of Eufaula’s historic homes and gardens.

"I think it's wonderful. When you see all the houses, you get the chance to see into the lives of people so many years ago. So, I particularly enjoyed it," says Faith Aclin of Panama City, FL.

But the pilgrimage is more than just seeing the buildings and landscapes. During the weekend, visitors will get to tour historic homes and gardens, visit antique shows and art shows, listen to ghost stories of the town, and hear some old time music. Even some of Eufaula’s residents are dressed in period pieces to make sure everyone feels like they have truly stepped back in time.

"It's definitely one of the biggest things that go on here. So, you look forward to it as a child, you get to grow up and be able to participate in the pilgrimage and help everyone," says Cassie Walker, Eufaula Pilgrimage Queen.

As executive director of the Eufaula Heritage Association, Glenn Kasper is one of the key players behind this year's Eufaula pilgrimage that takes the city back to its antebellum times. After visiting Eufaula’s pilgrimage 11 years ago, Kasper and his wife moved from New Jersey to the Bluff City.

"I have a sign in my office that says I wasn't born in the South, but I got down here as soon as I could. My wife and I came down here as tourists in 2004. We went back to New Jersey and put a for sale sign on our house and we moved down here," says Kasper.

Officials say the Eufaula pilgrimage is the oldest pilgrimage in the state of Alabama. The pilgrimage is sponsored by the Eufaula Heritage Association.

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