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Even though it encompasses only 64 acres, Mooresville can boast to being the oldest incorporated town in Alabama and has a connection with two Presidents of the United States. The town also has the oldest, still operational post office in the state of Alabama.
Entire town is on National Register of Historic Places
The tree-shaded streets and white picket fences in Mooresville take you back to a simpler time. Mooresville is a town in Limestone County, Alabama, United States, located southeast of the intersection of Interstate 565 and Interstate 65, and north of Wheeler Lake. Often referred to as “Alabama’s Williamsburg,” the entire town of Mooresville is now included in the current listings of the National Register of Historic Places.
Connection with President Andrew Johnson and President Garfield
Mooresville is the site of Old House, in which President Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was a tailor for a short time. President James A. Garfield preached in Mooresville in the old white clapboard Church of Christ in 1862, while he was encamped nearby during the Civil War.
Church of Christ where President Garfield preached
Old Brick Church built in 1839 on Lauderdale Street, Mooresville, Alabama with a hand pointing to Heaven on the steeple
First incorporated town in Alabama Territory
Located twenty miles southwest of Huntsville in Limestone County, Mooresville is the first incorporated town in the Alabama Territory. Some of present day trees in Mooresville may date back to the 1800’s.
Prior to the settlers, the Chickasaws resided in the area of Mooresville. In 1818, Mooresville had sixty-two residents and petitioned the Territorial Legislature for an Act of Incorporation, a year earlier than when Alabama became a state.
Oldest Operational Post Office in Alabama
Post Office, Mooresville, Alabama 2010 by Carol Highsmith
Built after 1840 of sawmill lumber and now owned by the Town of Mooresville, the Post Office is located at the corner of Lauderdale and High Streets.
W. N. Manning, Photographer, March 8, 1934 Henry Zeitler House, High Street, Mooresville, Limestone County, AL
W. N. Manning, Photographer, March 31st, 1934. FRONT VIEW – WEST ELEVATION. – High Street (Old Tavern), Mooresville, Limestone County, AL
W. N. Manning, Photographer, March 31st, 1934. OLD POST OFFICE – High Street (Old Tavern), Mooresville, Limestone County, AL
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