By Shirley McCrary
Special to The News Courier
The unspoiled town of Mooresville has been named to Southern Living’s “Small Towns We Love” list, featured in its July issue.
As part of the list, Southern Living selected five small towns that evoke the best in Southern charm and tradition. Mooresville’s mayor, Margaret-Anne Crumlish, expressed her town’s pleasure at being selected.
“Everyone who visits our little town is amazed that we have maintained the integrity of our lovely 196-year-old village in this busy world,” Crumlish said. “They love walking our streets and imagining a quieter and gentler time. We appreciated the recognition and the opportunity to share our pride with Southern Living’s readers.”
Mooresville was the first town incorporated by the Alabama Territorial Legislature by an act on Nov. 16, 1818. Alabama was not admitted to the Union until Dec. 14, 1819, making Mooresville a town older than the state. Often referred to as “Alabama’s Williamsburg,” the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of Alabama’s most important and intact 19th-century villages. Historic homes and buildings, gracious gardens and tree-shaded streets make a visit to Mooresville seem like a step back in time.
The town is home to two historic churches, including the 1854 white clapboard Church of Christ where Gen. James A. Garfield preached during the Civil War while encamped near the town with the 42nd Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers.
The beautiful 1839 Greek Revival Brick Church, the 1821 Stagecoach Tavern (the first post office) and the “newer” 1840 Post Office are maintained by the town’s residents in an effort to preserve some pieces of history.
Each Christmas, the town is decorated in traditional red bows and fresh greenery, and Della Robbia wreaths to celebrate the season. The residents host a Home Tour and Progressive Dinner to support the preservation of Historic Mooresville.
Visit www.mooresvilleal.com and click on “Holiday Dinner” in the menu bar for more information about this popular event.
— Submitted by Teresa Todd, director of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association.