Mooresville: A Step Back in Time

04 Feb

Yesterday we drove over to Mooresville, along old Highway 20 between Huntsville and Decatur, AL. A step way back in time.

Mooresville was Alabama’s first incorporated town (1818) and is a year older than the state (1819). Its 50 or so residents live within its 0.1 square miles. The entire city is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. President Andrew Johnson lived here while he trained as a tailor.

Its streets are narrow and tree-lined with many of the trees well over 100 years old.

Most of its buildings and homes were constructed during the antebellum period including the post office, which opened in 1840. It is the oldest continually operating post office in the state.

The Limestone Bay Trading Company Restaurant is unique:

There are two churches:

The Old Brick Church, constructed in 1839:

The white clapboard Church of Christ where President James A. Garfield once preached:

There is even a Dance Hall (of sorts):

The homes here are of many styles:

If you make it to North Alabama stop by. It’s definitely worth a visit. And the US Space and Rocket Center Museum and Space Camp are maybe 5 miles away. Old and new virtually side by side.


Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Interesting Places


4 responses to “Mooresville: A Step Back in Time

  1. henya

    February 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the journey. Felt as if I was there, trasported in time.


  2. Jerie

    February 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Beautiful!!! I have family in Muscle Shoals, AL but it’s no where near as gorgeous and historic as this.


  3. Judy Nickles

    February 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Caught my eye as my maiden name is Moore, once the 7th most common surname in the U.S., and also because I have ancestral ties in AL. Great tour–thanks!


  4. Brenda

    February 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for this! We’ll definitely go through the next time we are in North Alabama.



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