On Exit 97 from I-95, you’ll find 750 hotel rooms, national chain restaurants, JR Tobacco, (one of the largest tobacco and perfume outlets on the East Coast) and DeWayne’s Home and Garden Center, one of the largest statuary and landscape dealers along the I-95 corridor.
A variety of antique dealers and merchants have made Selma the new antique center of the South. A unique plan to encourage development of antique and art shops in the Uptown area has resulted in over 100,000 square feet of merchandise clustered in a picturesque 1950’s streetscape.
A walking tour of Uptown Selma offers visitors and shoppers access to well-stocked antique shops, specially stores, restaurants and an old-fashioned drug store complete with soda fountain, all located within a short walking distance of ample parking, the Rudy Theatre, and the recently restored and operational train station.
The historic Selma Union Depot, built in 1924 by the Atlantic Coast Line and Southern Railroads to serve their passengers, was restored and renovated in 2002. It now serves two daily Amtrak passenger trains as well as rail services offered by CSX, Norfolk Southern and the State of North Carolina.
The historic Rudy Theatre hosts the American Music Jubilee, a Branson-style variety show that entertains visitors and motor coach groups from New York to Miami with musical delights from 1950s rock and roll to classic and contemporary country and spectacular gospel.
Selma’s Railroad Days Celebration takes place on the first weekend in October. This festival is a celebration of the town’s railroad heritage and includes numerous railroad displays and activities at the newly renovated depot. It also features arts and crafts, entertainment, club-sponsored meals, a parade, road races, an antiques show and sale, and beauty pageants.