“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)


“Fairoaks” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
1. “Fairoaks” Marker
Inscription. This Greek revival mansion was built c. 1853 for William B. King and named “Fairoaks” for the many trees found about the place. King was the nephew of Vice President William Rufus King. Ann B. Wilson, a half-sister of the builder, inherited it and in 1862 sold it to Judge Franklin W. Siddons.

During the Civil War and following the Battle of Selma the property was occupied by Wilson’s Raiders and used as a hospital for Union soldiers. The Siddons family was allowed to occupy two upstairs rooms at this time.

William Pressley Welch purchased the place from the Siddons in 1887 and it remained in his family almost 100 years. In 1980 the house was in a poor state of repair and was acquired by the City of Selma as part of a downtown stabilization program. The Alabama Historical Commission provided U.S. Department of the Interior funds which assisted with the City’s purchase and the later restoration.

Circle “S” Industries, Inc. purchased the property in April, 1981 and restored the house and its original dependencies.

On March 12, 1982 the mansion was officially dedicated in honor of Ethel Henderson Striplin, a long time Selma resident. Now called:
Henderson House

Erected 1983 by Alabama Historical
“Fairoaks” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
2. “Fairoaks” Marker
Commission / City of Selma.
Location. 32° 24.66′ N, 87° 1.742′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Street and Furniss Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Union Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 607 Union Street, Selma AL 36701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairoaks Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sturdivant Hall (about 800 feet away); Mabry - Jones Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); White - Force Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Tyler Morgan House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee - Bender - Butler House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ware - Baker - Jones House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Temple Mishkan Israel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Selma.
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable BuildingsWar, US Civil
“Fairoaks” - Henderson House image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
3. “Fairoaks” - Henderson House
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,299 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on November 29, 2016.
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