Lake Norman Magazine

Mooresville’s annual Tour of Homes

322 E. Center Ave., Mooresville.
322 E. Center Ave., Mooresville. Courtesy of Historic Mooresville

When Micah Scrogginthorpe and his wife moved into their home in Mooresville three years ago, they noticed something in the sidewalk: In front of their house, embedded in the concrete, was a golden emblem. “We went and researched it,” says Scrogginthorpe. They found that the home, built in 1958, was the very first all-electric home in Mooresville. The emblem designated the home as a Gold Medallion Home, which was part of General Electric’s nationwide “Live Better Electrically” campaign. The home was the first in Mooresville to have modern conveniences like electric appliances, interior lighting, and most importantly, central heating and air conditioning. Now, the house is one of the nine stops on the 4th annual Tour of Homes in Mooresville, running Oct. 22-23. In addition to highlighting many homes that are a century or more old, the tour celebrates historic downtown Mooresville, which has been undergoing a revival in recent years. Preserving historic homes is good for the downtown economy, notes Kim Atkins, director of the Mooresville Downtown Commission. “Downtowns need homeowners. Preservation statistics show that renovated and designated areas increase property values,” she says. Agrees Brent Zande, chair of the Mooresville Historic Preservation Commission: “For historic main streets to flourish, historic homes must do the same.” Another stop on the tour is the Zebulon Turlington Home. Turlington, known for authoring the Turlington Act which made North Carolina a dry state, built the Victorian home in 1906. “There are some really unique features in style and design (on the tour) that are very individual to the Mooresville area,” says Zande. The tour features eight homes and a beautiful church, and the Mooresville Museum will be open during the tour. Says Zande: “We have one of the largest gatherings of historical homes and buildings in our entire area. The fact that much of it has been lovingly cared for and maintained provides tremendous opportunity for guests to see details, architecture and character that can't be duplicated in any new home.”

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Dates: Oct. 22-23Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Home tour stops:

1. William P. Johnston home256 S. Academy St. 2. The Gold Medallion Home360 Glenwood Dr.

3. C. F. Stephens home322 E. Center Ave.

4. Zebulon Turlington home351 E. Center Ave.

5. The Axelrod home346 W. Center Ave.

6. The Barker family home428 E. Center Ave.

7. The former Charles Mack home313 E. Center Ave.

8. First Presbyterian Church249 W. McLelland Ave. 9. The Erskine residence501 E. Center Ave.