The “Old Brick Church” or Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, Alabama
Using handmade bricks, workers completed construction of the church building in 1839.
Over the years, Methodist and Baptist denominations have also worshipped in this building.
Regular worship services have not been held in the church since the 1960s. In 1994, the United Methodist Church held a deconsecration service and the town took ownership. These grist mill stones now rest along the front sidewalk of the church.
Stand on your tip-toes and peer through the third window (from left) to see the inside door.
As a unique wooden steeple, the hand pointing to heaven fell in the 1990s. A replica was installed in 2005.
Note to reader: Due to a glitch in my ongoing search for knowledge, a previous post on Mooresville, Alabama published without captions. An updated Along a Country Street: Thursday Doors with captions adds details on this historical community.
Incorporated in 1818, Mooresville, Alabama, in its entirety, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This building, on High Street next to the post office, has served as a grist mill, a blacksmith shop and an auto repair shop.
Mooresville Stagecoach Inn and Tavern, circa 1820. The first floor served as a common room, while the outside stairway led to two lodge rooms. In 1825, supper cost two bits (one quarter).
Lyla’s Little House side garden and shed.
35649: Mooresville Post Office, built with sawmill lumber, has served its community from this building since 1840.
The individual mailboxes, numbered 1-48, were moved from the Stagecoach Inn and Tavern that served as the original mail center, with families keeping the same box number through several generations.
The Zeitler-Hill-McLain House. In part because of its historic setting, Mooresville hosted the filming of Tom and Huck, a 1995 Disney release.
Front entrance of the Dogwood & Magnolia Bakery; storefront scheduled for opening in 2021.
A perfect spring day for gardening. With an interstate highway in its front yard, and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and the Tennessee River in its backyard, Mooresville has maintained a connected yet pastoral historic community.
A restored 19th century community church at the Veto Road trailhead of the Richard Martin Trail, a multi-use Rails-to-Trails in Limestone County, Alabama.
Veto’s 20th century general store, now renovated and registered as the Veto Lodge AirBnB.
The Barbara Ann: a reminder of the past welcomes campers to Mill Creek RV Park.
The Elkmont depot, built in 1887 by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad; restored as the community center.
The original Tennessee & Alabama Central Railroad became an important supply line for the Union army in the American Civil War; a bloody battle occurred at the Sulphur Creek Trestle (one mile south of Elkmont) in September, 1864.
The Louisville & Nashville Railroad continued as a supply line for the area until 1986.
Belle Chevre creates artisanal goat cheeses in Elkmont.
Elkmont store fronts along Upper Fort Hampton Road, including Belle Chevre’s shop and tasting room.
Back door views.
Belle Chevre goats soak up sunshine at the creamery.
Old Railroad Bridge is the oldest river bridge in Alabama.
The original toll bridge, spanning the Tennessee River in the Shoals, opened in 1840, and by 1858 operated as a double decker; trains using the upper deck while the lower deck continued as a toll bridge. Rebuilt again after the American Civil War, it operated until 1939; replaced by the O’Neal Bridge (shown left in photo).
The 1560-foot lower deck was restored by the Old Railroad Bridge Company as a walking trail using the original piers. The bridge is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority Muscle Shoals Trails Complex.
For perspective, the tiny dot at the end of the bridge is a person.
Goodbye, 2020. Hello, imagination: This “Little Free Library from the Sea” can be found along Bryan Avenue in Hendersonville.
Hello, fresh air: a gate along the French Broad River Greenway.
Does this mean I can return to my car for a nap?
Not an original door photo, yes; but hello, apple country. North Carolina claims the #7 spot in apple production in the United States. Henderson County grows 85 percent of the state’s crop. This pie merges Red Rome and Wine Sap apples from Grandad’s Apples in Hendersonville.
Rock staircase along the challenging but popular Chimney Tops Trail.
The Chimney Tops Trail original summit, an area now considered unsafe after the November 2016 wildfire, which started near the summit. The trail now ends about a quarter mile below the summit, and provides views of Chimney Tops and Mount LeConte.
Crossing the Road Prong Creek along Chimney Tops Trail.
Hike the Fighting Creek Nature Trail from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to discover this historic cabin built in 1860.
John Ownby used white pine, poplar and oak to build his tiny house: 360 square feet.
Ownby built the cabin using dovetail pins and tails to provide a strong corner joint; no nails required.
Charlies Bunion: almost there!
Pink Turtlehead: One of the many wildflowers that grace Charlies Bunion Trail.
The view from Charlies Bunion.
Stone stacks abound along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Ely’s Mill, along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Smoking the beehives at Ely’s Mill.
Log barn, Ely’s Mill.
These creative night lanterns glow along the parking lot borders of Trinity Episcopal Church of Gatlinburg.
Wood-carved black bears greet visitors everywhere in the Gatlinburg area.
Thank you, first responders.
Clingmans Dome, at 6643 feet, is the highest point in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A 360-degree view is the payoff to a steep half-mile hike to the top. It is also the highest point in Tennessee, and on the Appalachian Trail, a trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine.