Southern Living has 8-page feature on Mooresville

The December issue of Southern Living magazine has a special 8-page feature article on the historic town of Mooresville located in North Alabama. Mooresville is located between Huntsville and Decatur and has retained the look of a 19th century village complete with historic homes and buildings, white picket fences and tree lined streets. The Mooresville Post Office (1840) is the oldest continually operating post office in the state of Alabama and one of the oldest in the country. The entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was chosen by Walt Disney Pictures as the primary filming location for the movie Tom and Huck (1995) based on the classic novel by Mark Twain.
 
From the article “A Small Town’s Christmas in the South” by Tanner C. Latham in Southern Living magazine:
 
The tiny town of Mooresville, Alabama, knows how to celebrate the season: Get everyone involved, serve great food, and keep it fun. The town’s annual Progressive Dinner does all three- and shows why this community captures the holiday spirit like nowhere else. You really begin to grasp the smallness of Mooresville, Alabama, when the whole town is stuffed into the foyer of Margaret-Anne and Kevin Crumlish’s house on High Street. The entire population, 53, is here: The Prices, the McCrarys, the honorable Mayor Susan Golby, the Peebles, and on and on. Everyone here played a role in putting on this small-town holiday event, and it shows. On this night, at Mooresville’s Christmas Progressive Dinner, the allure of small-town culture in the South is on display. Each of the stops shows off a different side of this place. Spend the night chatting and eating with the proud locals, and you get a glimpse of the community spirit that makes us glad we call the South home.
 
Why We Love Mooresville:
 
Because it will always be a small town: Mooresville is and always will be confined to three square blocks because it is hemmed in by Limestone Creek and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to the south and west, I-565 to the north and east, and self-imposed building codes.
 
Because it’s full of beautiful historic homes: Visitors from all over frequent Mooresville to view the historic homes and buildings in this town, incorporated in 1818, one year and one month before Alabama’s statehood. That interest creates some unusual moments, such as the time when Kathryn Price heard a commotion outside her home one Sunday morning. She cinched her bathrobe, opened her front door, and surprised a group of tourist posing for pictures on her front porch. “I think they thought our house was some kind of civic building,” she says.
 
Because it’s not stuck in time: “Mooresville holds on to the things that were great about its past, but it continues to grow and thrive,” says local restaurateur Dee Green. “It’s not a place captured in time.” The mayor and five council members help manage the town’s historic treasures, meeting at the pre-1825 original Stagecoach Inn and Tavern each month. Usually the main business is the preservation of Mooresville’s three historic public buildings: the Tavern, the 1839 old Brick Church, and the 1840 Post Office. But they also handle more modern problems such as providing recycling services and addressing utilities issues.
 
Celebrate the season in Mooresville- join the Mooresville Yuletide Walking Tour, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m.; www.mooresvillealabama.com, 256-355-2683, or 256-353-3628.
 
For the complete article please see the December issue of Southern Living magazine on newsstands now.

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