Mooresville is a charming village situated near the Tennessee River in Limestone County, Alabama. From the moment you arrive, you feel at home and at peace. It’s a bit like stepping back in time.
According to the village website, Mooresville’s history began in 1805 when the first settlers arrived in the area and set up homesteads on lands occupied by the Chickasaw Indians who later ceded the land to the Federal Government. Public land sales began in 1816.
At the time, Limestone County was part of the Alabama Territory. About 4500 people called this area home.
On October 15, 1818, the sixty-two residents of Mooresville petitioned the Alabama Territorial Legislature for an Act of Incorporation, which the Legislature approved within a month. Alabama would become a state one year later, which is why Mooresville villagers refer to their home as “the town older than the state.” Some of the 58 residents of the village are descendants of the original settlers.
One of the most beautiful cemeteries in the South, Natchez City Cemetery, stretches across 100 acres on the bluffs high above the Mississippi River. Stunning monuments, aged by time, are etched with names, dates and memories of those who have passed from this life to what lies beyond.
The Natchez City Cemetery is consistently listed as one of the most popular places to see when you visit Natchez, Mississippi. Not everyone considers a cemetery to be a peaceful and calming place but once you drive up Cemetery Road and enter the main gate of the cemetery, you may find yourself overcome by the beauty of this place.
Christ’s Chapel in Townsend, Georgia is known as the “Smallest Church in America.” The church isn’t really the smallest in America but it’s a little church that brought this community together in a big way when someone destroyed this historic structure.
The old churchyard on the grounds of the parish church of St Helena is the final resting place for many prominent and notable residents of the parish. A notable tomb is pictured here.
We only know it to be the grave of Dr. Perry. His first name isn’t listed in church records and the official guide to the cemetery notes that Dr. Perry requested an above ground tomb because of a common fear in Beaufort around the mid 19th century. The fear that you could be buried alive.
Dr. Perry gave the following instructions to his relatives, “If I pass away, bury me with a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and a pickax. Should I wake up and find myself inside, I shall drink the wine, eat the bread and dig myself out.” We know that the Doctor passed away as a result of a yellow fever outbreak in town in 1845.
His family honored his request and placed all be asked for in his tomb. And just in case he had been buried alive, they sealed his tomb door in wood so he could break out. As time passed, his family knew he was really gone and they removed the wood and bricked up his exit.
***The story of the tomb of Dr. Perry is featured in St. Helena Parish Church visitor handout that tells the story of those interred in the churchyard.
Enterprise, Mississippi, is full of history and beautiful historic homes like the Stephenson-Allen House.
Enterprise is situated in rural Clarke County in east central Mississippi. The city was established in 1834 to serve as the county seat (the seat would later move to Quitman, Mississippi). An abundance of nearby waterways, including the Chickasawhay River, made travel to Enterprise accessible by steamboat. The city grew quickly and by 1839 was incorporated with streets and alleys. The waterways surrounding the county also allowed it to enter the booming cotton trade. Enterprise became a busy river city with people coming from far way to trade goods and then purchase the necessities for living. The ongoing trade in Enterprise led to a large commercial center.
Monroeville is best known as the hometown of two famous novelists, Harper Lee and Truman Capote. It’s also hometown to novelist Mark Childress and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker. This small south Alabama town, between Mobile and Montgomery, is known as the “Literary Capital of Alabama” and home of the annual Alabama Writers Symposium. A town that “To Kill A Mockingbird” writer, Harper Lee, called home until she died in 2016 at the age of 89.
Scout, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Atticus Finch, came to life in this town. Harper’s dad, A. C. Lee, was her inspiration for Atticus. Harper’s childhood friend, Capote, was her inspiration for Dill. They really are the heart and soul of Monroeville, as you can see in the mural near the courthouse square.
Oakland Plantation, near Natchitoches, Louisiana, is a National Historic Landmark within The Cane River Creole National Historical Park. The park is located within the Cane River National Heritage Area in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. The area extends westward from Interstate 49 to the Red River and includes everything in between.
The roots of Oakland Plantation can be traced to Jean Pierre Phillippe Prud’homme, a second generation Frenchman from the French province of Dauphine. Born in 1673, Jean Pierre became a soldier of France assigned to the French colony of Louisiana. At the age of 52, Jean Pierre married Catherine Picard and acquired part of the land that became Bermuda Plantation, now known as Oakland Plantation, through a land grant on the Red River. Jean Pierre and Catherine became parents of seven children, including Jean Baptiste Prud’homme, father of Jean Pierre Emmanuel Prud’homme who built Bermuda Plantation in 1821.
A mother will do anything to protect her child, even beyond this life. This is the grave of Florence Irene Ford in Natchez City Cemetery. Florence died when she was 10. Yellow fever took her from her family. During her life she was extremely frightened of storms. Whenever one occurred she would rush to her mother to find comfort. Upon her death her mother was so struck with grief that she had Florence’s casket constructed with a glass window at the child’s head.