Lake Norman & Mooresville

Home sweet electric home

Elizabeth Scrogginthorpe's affinity for all things 1950s is what drew her to their home.

In 2009, Micah and Elizabeth Scrogginthorpe purchased a 1950s-style home in the Ardmoor subdivision of historic Mooresville.

They share the home with their son, Vaughn, almost 2, and their two Silky terriers, Ebby and Jemma.

After their purchase, the Scrogginthorpes noticed a small gold medallion embedded in their sidewalk.

Curious, Micah searched on the Internet for information about the medallion.

The gold medallion in the Scrogginthorpe's sidewalk was put there to signify its designation as an all-electric home.

Plenty of electric companies, including Duke Energy, promoted these types of homes in the late 1950s.

A home with the "all-electric" designation meant the home featured conveniences such as a washer and dryer, garbage disposal, air conditioning, heat and frost-free refrigerator - things that are commonplace today.

The major thing that made the all-electric homes so special was the country's brand-new invention - the heat pump.

Basically, all-electric meant that a home was no longer using gas to fuel its energy needs.

Elizabeth, 35, and Micah, 41, lived in the Dallas, Texas, area before they married a few years ago. After their marriage, they got in their vintage trailer and went on a road trip for three months.

While driving through North Carolina, they decided to settle in the Charlotte area. Elizabeth got a job with Lowe's at the corporate office, cementing their move to Mooresville. Micah owns Micahsoft, a database development company.

The Scrogginthorpe home features five bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large home for the 1950s era, and one of the largest on their street. During the 1950s, J.P. White was developing the Ardmoor subdivision lots that went for $10,000 to $20,000.

Most everything in the home is original, including the tile in the bathrooms, one of Elizabeth's favorite features. It also has jalousie or louvre windows - a large, rectangular shape making it hard to find curtains or blinds for.

Micah has installed a coffee bar in the basement and added a hot tub to the deck.

Michael Rudd, who serves on Mooresville's Historic Preservation Commission, said the Scrogginthorpe home will be on this year's Tour of Homes, scheduled for Oct. 22-23. It will be one of nine homes featured.

In the late 1950s, several celebrities including Ronald Reagan (when he was an actor) and Betty Furness promoted all-electric homes. Micah was able to find old commercials featuring Ronald Regan and his family in their all-electric home. Micah's research also led him to the archives at the Mooresville Tribune and Duke Energy. He displays memorabilia about all-electric homes in the 1950s throughout their home.

In 1958, the Mooresville Tribune published an article regarding the open house for the home.

Plenty of people came to see Mooresville's first all-electric home, and Micah even acquired a brochure that had been printed for the day.

The late Wayne and Betty Brannon, of Brannon's Cleaners on South Broad Street in downtown Mooresville, were the first to own the home, which they bought from the developer in 1959. The home stayed in the Brannon family until 2006.

The Scrogginthorpe home is under consideration to be an official Mooresville historic site. This means the Scrogginthorpes cannot change the structure of the house, which is fine with Micah and Elizabeth.

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