This is Alabama’s oldest institution of higher learning, The main building on campus, Founders Hall, was built in 1842. Local legend says Founders Hall was saved from burning by union troops raiding Athens during the Civil War when the college President, Jane Hamilton Childs, produced a letter said to have been written by President Abraham Lincoln to spare the then female college. Founders Hall also houses the majestic Altar of the New Testament woodcarving. The life-size carvings took 12 years to complete and depict Christ and New Testament figures and verses carved in tulipwood. Tours are available by appointment. Contact 256-233-8100 or visit their website here
This tiny community was incorporated on November 16, 1818; one year after the Alabama Territory was created. The Mooresville Post Office, the oldest in the State, has been in continual operation since 1819. The town is home to historic churches, including the old white clapboard Church of Christ where President James A. Garfield once preached. The Brick Church, the Post Office and the Stagecoach Inn and Tavern are maintained by the town's residents in an effort to preserve some pieces of history. Often referred to "Alabama's Williamsburg," the entire town of Mooresville is included in the current listings of thee National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the quaint homes and small businesses as you step back in time. Call (256) 232-3525 or visit Mooresville online www.MooresvilleAL.com
Located on three acres in the northwest corner of Mooresville, 1818 Farms is names for the year the historic village was incorporated. The animal residents include Babydoll Southdown sheep, Nubian goats, cats, hens, pot-bellied pig, mini pigs and Great Pyrenees dog. In an adjacent field, lavender and other hers are grown for use in hand-made beauty products and for wreaths and bouquets. Offers a variety of classes on gardening, food preservation, raising backyard chickens, knitting and more. Farm tours, summer camps and other special events. or visit them online
The beautiful antebellum homes of the area are featured in a number of districts and trails. Free walking and driving tour brochures on the Beaty, Houston, Athens State College, Downtown historic district and the Limestone County Antebellum Trail are available at the Athens-Limestone County Visitors Center. Step back in time and discover our history.