Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hometown Tour - Mooresville

By Valerie

Hello everyone,

Today we are visiting Mooresville, Alabama. Debi is our tour guide today. I hope you enjoy your visit!

Another town I visited during my recent walkabout/driveabout was the historic town of Mooresville, Alabama. Mooresville is the first town incorporated by the Alabama Territorial Legislature on November 16, 1818. (I ripped that little piece of information right off their website) I've enjoyed visiting this town since I was a child. Nestled in a beautiful wooded area between Madison and Decatur, Mooresville is an active, working town. The architecture here is astounding. Some call it the "Williamsburg of the South." Driving in I noticed signs warning that photographers need a permit so I drove straight to the historic Post Office for information.

The lady there was very nice, gave me a permit application and granted me permission to take a few images since I was already there and assured her I wouldn't be selling them. She didn't ask me about blogging but I think this is okay.

I go gaga over old churches so my first image capture was of the Old Brick Church. Built in 1839 the front sports gorgeous columns covered with stucco. The bricks are made by hand. Inside is the original reed, or pipe, organ made in 1905. It's been a community church, Presbyterian, Methodist and once served as a Baptist mission. The United Methodist Church conducted a deconsecration service and passed ownership to the town October 1994. (another website diddy)

Instead of a cross the steeple supports a large wooden hand pointing to heaven. This is not the original hand. According to the website a replacement was carved and placed on the steeple during a ceremony in May 2005.

Down the road a piece is the Church of Christ. It was originally built in 1854 as the Disciples of Christ meeting house. General James A. Garfield, our 20th President of the United States, preached here in 1863.

Starlings flew past as I grabbed some images. There are many historical properties in Mooresville, each one just as beautiful as the next. The Mooresville Post Office is fascinating, being the oldest operational post office in the state of Alabama. I didn't get a photo of it or anything else that day out of respect for the nice lady who allowed me to take a few "snapshots" of the town. Check out the Mooresville, Alabama website for more details. They have walking tours and really gussy up at Christmas. I'll go take more photos then because I learned through the permit process that regular ole photographers like me do not have to have a permit. Dang...and the sugar maples were JUST RIGHT that day!!! Mooresville .... I'll be back!

Debi was once Program Director at WAAY-TV in Huntsville - back in the GOOD old days of television. Currently, she's a nature photographer and blogger enthusiast, active in preservation issues. Co-Founder of the Bay Hill Conservancy on Wheeler Lake; won several Outdoor Alabama photography contests, and is in the midst of creating a website for her nature photographs and greeting card series, all to benefit preservation of the great state of Alabama. Married to an exceptional man and mom to a remarkable 18 year old, and have a really fat dog. You can visit her main website at Debi Bradford.

Thanks Debi!! I loved this post and all the other posts you wrote on Mooresville. To read more posts and see great pictures from Debi's trip to Mooresville please hop over to The Giraffe Head Tree. I promise you will not be disappointed!!

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