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..another shot by wifey during the Selma photo walk..
As the only surviving hotel in Selma’s downtown historic district, the St. James Hotel has witnessed much of the dramatic history that has played out in this picturesque Southern city. Built in 1837 atop the banks of the Alabama River, it was a home-away-from-home for visiting plantation owners, business men and even occasional travelers of less illustrious repute. After standing silent for more than a century, the hotel was reborn in 1997 after a $6 million restoration that brought together a group of investors and the community of Selma. One of the last riverfront hotels still standing in the Southeast, the St. James once again welcomes guests with elegant appointments such as solid oak furnishings, vintage lighting, luxurious fabrics and a charming courtyard that evoke an antebellum spirit of gracious hospitality. The hotel anchors the Water Avenue Historic District and offers spectacular views of the river and the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, made famous in the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.(source)