The Mooresville Museum

The Mooresville Museum

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Hello Mooresville! My name is Glenda Moore Sherrill. I’ve been working on my genealogy for some time now and have hit a dead end. All my life I’ve heard our people came from Mooresville and I know I have some distant relatives there now. Can any of you help or put me in touch with someone who can? We can’t find the parents of James Moore 1750-1836. Also, do any of you have a picture of my grandfather, James H. Moore (brother of John F. Moore). I did the DNA test on Ancestry.com, but haven’t found any contacts in Mooresville yet. I would be thankful for any help.

Facebook - Glenda Moore Sherrill
Rockingham, NC
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Glenda Jean Moore Sherrill 1953-
Richard Eugene Moore 1931-
William Sumpter Moore 1884-1952
James Churchill Moore 1843-1888
James H. Moore 1815-1861
James Moore 1750-1836
What is the Christmas ornament for 2017? When and where will they be for sale?

Welcome to The Mooresville Museum! We are located in Downtown Mooresville, North Carolina at 132 East Center Avenue. Open Tuesday & Thursdays 1P-6P and Friday and Saturday 10A-2P

Most Mondays & Wed's 10A-2P we're also open -please call 704-663-1873

The Museum serves as the primary resource for matters of regional significance by illuminating our past, interpreting the present and envisioning the future.

Operating as usual

10/30/2021

A little trivia to start off a crisp Saturday morning. When Moor Field was built in 1918 by Mooresville Mill for around $2900, what was the seating capacity of the ball field? Comment with your guess or visit the Museum today until 2PM to find out the answer and much more about the rich history of our Town.

A little trivia to start off a crisp Saturday morning. When Moor Field was built in 1918 by Mooresville Mill for around $2900, what was the seating capacity of the ball field? Comment with your guess or visit the Museum today until 2PM to find out the answer and much more about the rich history of our Town.

10/29/2021
10/27/2021

The Mooresville Museum is seeking a piece of Mooresville History that has alluded us for a very long time. If you have or know someone who may be in possession of a Dunbar High School Annual, we would love to display it at the Museum as a donation or on loan.

The Mooresville Museum is seeking a piece of Mooresville History that has alluded us for a very long time. If you have or know someone who may be in possession of a Dunbar High School Annual, we would love to display it at the Museum as a donation or on loan.

Photos from The Mooresville Museum's post 10/23/2021

A few Town highlights from the 1950-51 Annual Report.

Photos from The Mooresville Museum's post 10/23/2021

What a great morning! Sun is out, Museum is open and there is plenty to see and learn. Open 10A-2P. Come by and get your 2021 ornament before your friends.

10/16/2021
Photos from The Mooresville Museum's post 10/15/2021

Mooresville's first hotel was orginally known as "The Johnston Hotel" and later became "The Central Hotel"

John A. Melchor lived with his family on East Center Ave. across the street from the present day Museum in a house that woudl become the office of Mooresville's newspaper. Mr. Melchor died in 1890 leaving a widow and three youg children. Mr. Melchor's father in law, Cyrus Johnston moved his daughter in law to his home around the corner on Main Street at what is now 125-129 North Main Street, near what is now Tim's Table.

During this time, train conductors and other trainmen began asking to buy food and boarding as the house was one of the first houses seen when exiting the depot. Mrs. Melchor began perparing meals and serving them in the family dining room. The business began to prosper and soon they found themselves in the hotel business. The business was going so well that Mr. Johnston decided to build eight additional rooms onto the rear of the house and named it "The Central Hotel"

Well-known Mooresville resident celebrates 100th birthday 10/04/2021

Well-known Mooresville resident celebrates 100th birthday

Happy 100th birthday to Mrs. Goodrum! She visited the Museum around a month ago and it was truly a joy to hear her stories and talk with her during her visit.

Well-known Mooresville resident celebrates 100th birthday On Sept. 28, Margaret Goodrum joined the elite population of centenarians, and celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at TerraBella Lake Norman.

10/02/2021

The Mooresville Museum is proud to announce our 2021 Christmas Ornament is in stock and available for sale. A little history about the ornament.

Ford Martin Stewart was affectionately known by family, friends and the Mooresville Community as "Pike". He owned and operated Pike's BP at the corner of N. Broad and Moore Ave. from 1969 until his passing in 2020. Situated in the heart of downtown, Pike's maintained the feel of yesteryear, Pike's was the last full service station in Mooresville and the surrounding area. He also mentored young people over the years,allowing them to earn money at his station or the concession trailer located on his property, Pike and his wife, Bessie Anne, were married for 64 years and had five daughters, four grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Get your 2021 Pike's ornament today for $15

The Mooresville Museum is proud to announce our 2021 Christmas Ornament is in stock and available for sale. A little history about the ornament.

Ford Martin Stewart was affectionately known by family, friends and the Mooresville Community as "Pike". He owned and operated Pike's BP at the corner of N. Broad and Moore Ave. from 1969 until his passing in 2020. Situated in the heart of downtown, Pike's maintained the feel of yesteryear, Pike's was the last full service station in Mooresville and the surrounding area. He also mentored young people over the years,allowing them to earn money at his station or the concession trailer located on his property, Pike and his wife, Bessie Anne, were married for 64 years and had five daughters, four grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Get your 2021 Pike's ornament today for $15

10/01/2021

Well doggone it! It's wiener dog racing time again in Downtown Mooresville. The Museum will be open from 2-6P Saturday, October 2 during the event. See you at the races.

Well doggone it! It's wiener dog racing time again in Downtown Mooresville. The Museum will be open from 2-6P Saturday, October 2 during the event. See you at the races.

09/29/2021

If you notice those new QR codes on various buildings in downtown Mooresville, you can thank Girl Scouts Sophie Baum, Reagan Eshleman and Elizabeth Reinemann. The trio worked with The Mooresville Museum and the Local History of Mooresville, NC, to…https://bit.ly/3CW4T4a

If you notice those new QR codes on various buildings in downtown Mooresville, you can thank Girl Scouts Sophie Baum, Reagan Eshleman and Elizabeth Reinemann. The trio worked with The Mooresville Museum and the Local History of Mooresville, NC, to…https://bit.ly/3CW4T4a

Photos from The Mooresville Museum's post 09/28/2021

“That’s the end of the bridge on E. Center Ave, and while Mooresville did not burn the bridge, it is now a thing of the past.” So read a February 1934 edition of the Mooresville Enterprise after the metal and wood bridge connecting downtown with the eastern side of Mooresville - known as” Eastern Heights” - was removed and replaced with a solid road.
Mayor Conrad Johnston (1933-35), Town Board members, and other interested citizens were on hand to watch as Street Superintendent, William Cook, removed the last work barriers and re-opened E. Center to traffic.
Throughout late 1933 a total of 90 men were employed through the CWA (Civil Works Administration) during the Great Depression removing the once sprawling bridge and also expanding the athletic field behind South Elementary. Total cost for the work & improvements was $24,465.
On September 28, 1934 (87 years ago today) the field which would come to be known as Hood Field — named in honor of one of MHS first Athletic Directors and also a teacher and principal — was dedicated. Dr. J.M. McConnell gave the dedicatory address and Davidson College’s 76 piece band provided music for the occasion.
At 4:15 the Mooresville Blue Devils took on the Lexington National Orphanage in football. An early October edition of the Enterprise noted that the crowd for the event “was one of the largest to ever turn out for a sporting event in Mooresville’s history.”

09/27/2021

Thanks to all that visited our booth at the Festival. We made some new friends, both local and recent additions. We had around 50 wonderful people walk down to the Museum and get to see first hand out mission and purpose. We hope to have a big announcement later this week, so be on the look out and share this post so your friends can be in the "know" when we make the announcement.

Thanks to all that visited our booth at the Festival. We made some new friends, both local and recent additions. We had around 50 wonderful people walk down to the Museum and get to see first hand out mission and purpose. We hope to have a big announcement later this week, so be on the look out and share this post so your friends can be in the "know" when we make the announcement.

09/25/2021

Ready to share the history. Sale some ornaments and shirts and auction off some MHS history. Stop and and say howdy. We are next to D.E. Turner

Ready to share the history. Sale some ornaments and shirts and auction off some MHS history. Stop and and say howdy. We are next to D.E. Turner

09/23/2021

Come out and visit the Museum at the RaceCity Festival. For Saturday only we are selling Christmas ornaments for $10 each. So if you need a complete set or just need a couple to have that complete set, we got a deal for you. Also at our booth, we will have a silent auction for a set of seats from the Roland R. Morgan Auditorium. Details at the booth on Saturday.

Come out and visit the Museum at the RaceCity Festival. For Saturday only we are selling Christmas ornaments for $10 each. So if you need a complete set or just need a couple to have that complete set, we got a deal for you. Also at our booth, we will have a silent auction for a set of seats from the Roland R. Morgan Auditorium. Details at the booth on Saturday.

09/21/2021

History can still be relevant in today's times. Share and like once you get it.

History can still be relevant in today's times. Share and like once you get it.

09/18/2021

Good start . Wanna help place a piece and learn some Mooresville history? Visit today!

Good start . Wanna help place a piece and learn some Mooresville history? Visit today!

09/17/2021

When you have a great photo, you turn it into a puzzle. The Saturday morning project for the Museum has been delivered. Once completed it will go on display.

When you have a great photo, you turn it into a puzzle. The Saturday morning project for the Museum has been delivered. Once completed it will go on display.

Photos from The Mooresville Museum's post 09/14/2021

Rendering of D.E.Turner and Mooresville 1st National Bank, 1907. Notice the Studebaker wagons and the pedestrians walking along the sidewalk. Also, notice the long-gone facade at the top of the buildings. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them restored?

09/08/2021

The Museum wants to wish D E Turner & Co Hardware a happy happy 122nd birthday. This day in 1899 Mr. Turner opened his door and became a beacon of hardware supplies in Downtown Mooresville. Congrats Mr. Moore and family for another year of stories, memories and hardware supplies.

The Museum wants to wish D E Turner & Co Hardware a happy happy 122nd birthday. This day in 1899 Mr. Turner opened his door and became a beacon of hardware supplies in Downtown Mooresville. Congrats Mr. Moore and family for another year of stories, memories and hardware supplies.

09/02/2021

Had a wonderful visitor at the Museum today looking for a photograph of Mr. George Malcolm from George's Taxi. If you have a photograph please consider commentlng or sending us a scan. Thanks!

Had a wonderful visitor at the Museum today looking for a photograph of Mr. George Malcolm from George's Taxi. If you have a photograph please consider commentlng or sending us a scan. Thanks!

09/02/2021

The Festival of Food Trucks is returning again to Downtown Mooresville on Saturday, September 4 starting at 5pm. Our hours for Saturday will be changed from the normal 10a-2p to reflect the Food trucks event (5p-8p). Come Downtown for the food and stop by for some history. See ya Saturday!

The Festival of Food Trucks is returning again to Downtown Mooresville on Saturday, September 4 starting at 5pm. Our hours for Saturday will be changed from the normal 10a-2p to reflect the Food trucks event (5p-8p). Come Downtown for the food and stop by for some history. See ya Saturday!

Photos from The Mooresville Museum's post 08/27/2021

Gray Sloop was born in Mooresville in 1889 to Augustus and Dovie Ann Sloop. The elder Sloop passed away in 1904 leaving 15 year old Gray the man of the family. As a lad he developed a strong passion for motorcycles and by 1913 had established himself as a top sportsman in motorcycle racing.

In June of 1913, he participated in the Elgin (Illinois) Motorcycle Race which was held on July 4th. It was a 250 mile race over an eight mile course and is known as the first nationally sanctioned motorcycle race in the US. While he competed with several models, his attention soon turned to Harley Davidson. In 1914 he was not only riding Harley Davidsons, but he was also selling the famous cycle at his shop in Mooresville.

Sloop’s life was tragically cut short on Thanksgiving Day that same year while competing in the Savannah 300 Road Race in Georgia. After running over a small embankment, he was sent airborne and upon landing broke his back, neck, hip and leg. He died on scene and was buried in Mooresville at Willow Valley Cemetery.

08/21/2021

This is the DK McNeely & Son store, circa 1919. The building was originally the Harris & Sherrill Store Building. This is where H & R Block is currently located in Downtown Mooresville.

The building is probably the oldest standing commercial structure in town. It was originally Harris & Sherrill, but Mr. Sherrill sold out to D. K. McNeely to get his cotton mill started & Mr. Harris later did the same. D. K. was one of the primary investors in Cascade. The D. K. McNeely family owned that stretch of buildings from the early 1890’s to 1994, right at 100 years.

David Kilpatrick McNeely is to the Left & Cyrus Carmi McNeely is to the Right.

For more information or just to browse the history of Mooresville stop by the Museum today!

This is the DK McNeely & Son store, circa 1919. The building was originally the Harris & Sherrill Store Building. This is where H & R Block is currently located in Downtown Mooresville.

The building is probably the oldest standing commercial structure in town. It was originally Harris & Sherrill, but Mr. Sherrill sold out to D. K. McNeely to get his cotton mill started & Mr. Harris later did the same. D. K. was one of the primary investors in Cascade. The D. K. McNeely family owned that stretch of buildings from the early 1890’s to 1994, right at 100 years.

David Kilpatrick McNeely is to the Left & Cyrus Carmi McNeely is to the Right.

For more information or just to browse the history of Mooresville stop by the Museum today!

Mooresville Museum (@mooresvillemuseum) TikTok | Watch Mooresville Museum's Newest TikTok Videos 08/14/2021

Mooresville Museum (@mooresvillemuseum) TikTok | Watch Mooresville Museum's Newest TikTok Videos

We are slowly dipping our toes into tictoc as an attempt to inspire the younger generation of Mooresville and assist in teaching them about Mooresville. We are working a few repeating topics and some fun stuff, as well. https://www.tiktok.com/@mooresvillemuseum

Mooresville Museum (@mooresvillemuseum) TikTok | Watch Mooresville Museum's Newest TikTok Videos Mooresville Museum (@mooresvillemuseum) on TikTok | 0 Likes. 1 Fans. The Mooresville Museum serves as the primary resource by illuminating our past.

08/14/2021

It's a hot.one out there today! We have the AC and fans cranked up awaiting to share some great history. We still have pelican bucks for the kids, all they have to do is complete a museum scavenger hunt. Open til 2PM. Come by and say howdy.

It's a hot.one out there today! We have the AC and fans cranked up awaiting to share some great history. We still have pelican bucks for the kids, all they have to do is complete a museum scavenger hunt. Open til 2PM. Come by and say howdy.

08/06/2021

The Festival of Food Trucks is returning again to Downtown Mooresville on Saturday, August 7 starting at 5pm. Our hours for Saturday will be changed from the normal 10a-2p to reflect the Food trucks event (5PM-8PM). If you are coming for the food, stay for the history. See ya on Saturday! PS We have a small museum scavenger hunt for the kiddos with a prize to all that complete. See ya Saturday!

The Festival of Food Trucks is returning again to Downtown Mooresville on Saturday, August 7 starting at 5pm. Our hours for Saturday will be changed from the normal 10a-2p to reflect the Food trucks event (5PM-8PM). If you are coming for the food, stay for the history. See ya on Saturday! PS We have a small museum scavenger hunt for the kiddos with a prize to all that complete. See ya Saturday!

07/31/2021

Open til 2pm to share the rich history of Mooresville. Get your school aged kiddos ready to learn next week with some hyperlocal history and test oot our new Museum scavenger hunt.

Open til 2pm to share the rich history of Mooresville. Get your school aged kiddos ready to learn next week with some hyperlocal history and test oot our new Museum scavenger hunt.

Photos from The Mooresville Museum's post 07/22/2021

Sadly, someone apparently thought it might be fun to destroy one of our planters outside the museum. The mess has been cleaned up and replaced & hopefully the new planter will last a while.
Thank you the Brawley Seed Co for helping us out.

07/15/2021

The museum is always looking for items that are significant to our local history. Below is a list of some of the current items we are in search of:

Mooresville Moor memorabilia, old local business ads or receipts, Dunbar High yearbooks and items from the numerous textile mills in the area.

The museum is always looking for items that are significant to our local history. Below is a list of some of the current items we are in search of:

Mooresville Moor memorabilia, old local business ads or receipts, Dunbar High yearbooks and items from the numerous textile mills in the area.

Misson & Vision

Mission

The Mooresville Museum, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation of regional heritage through:


  • Collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts
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    William “Bill” Lowrance visiting the museum this morning. We had a duscussion anout town history, family relations, and ...
    There is nothing like some good tunes from the 1920s Revelation Ultra cabinet phonograph.
    Deluxe Ice Cream 2007
    Mooresville Mill Village History
    Mooresville Museum "Out & About"
    We are open today until 2pm. Visit and learn a little Mooresville history. 100% guarantee you will learn something!
    Mooresville High School Band, 1948, on Hood Field stands/steps.
    A look back at Dunbar
    Mooresville shout out.
    Aug 9, 2013 2:27pm

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    132 E Center Ave
    Mooresville, NC
    28115

    General information

    The Museum will now be open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. As the museum is manned on a voluntary basis, there may be times when it's not possible for someone to be there during these scheduled hours. As it has for several years, the museum will continue to be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month. In addition, the Museum will be open on special occasions which will be posted on this page and the webpage. Mailing Address: PO Box 186, Mooresville, NC 28115

    Opening Hours

    Tuesday 1pm - 6pm
    Thursday 1pm - 6pm
    Friday 10am - 2pm
    Saturday 10am - 2pm
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    Mooresville, NC Lions Club Mooresville, NC Lions Club
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    Shades of Love LKN Shades of Love LKN
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    Shades of Love is a community organization focused on bridging the gap in our community through action, acceptance, understanding, and LOVE <3

    Trinity Baptist Church Trinity Baptist Church
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    Worship Service - 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3365, Mooresville, NC 28117

    Mooresville Christian Mission Mooresville Christian Mission
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    Offering Hope. Empowering People. Fighting Poverty.

    Upper Praise Ministries (Mooresville) Upper Praise Ministries (Mooresville)
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    Mooresville, 28115

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    Pinky Swear Charlotte Pinky Swear Charlotte
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    Keeping the promise to help kids with cancer and their families.

    Shepherd Elementary PTO Shepherd Elementary PTO
    1748 Charlotte Hwy
    Mooresville, 28115

    We are a non-profit supporting the staff/parents/children of Shepherd Elementary in Mooresville, NC while promoting educational programs through fundraising.

    The Addison Hutchison Foundation The Addison Hutchison Foundation
    Mooresville, 28117

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    Lake Norman High School PTSA Lake Norman High School PTSA
    186 Doolie Road
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    The Official page of the Lake Norman High School PTSA in Mooresville, NC.