A bit of Mooresville NC's history is lost to real estate development

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Old Store in Mooresville


For some reason this tiny, run-down old store touched me the very first time I saw it just after moving to Mooresville Lake Norman.  I passed it every day for years as I drove back and forth on Brawley School Road, thinking someday I should stop, take a picture and peak inside.Old Store on Brawley School Rd in Mooresivlle


As the widening of Brawley School began several months ago, someone painted numbers with bright orange spray paint on a number of homes and structures located very close to the street.  This tiny store had the #60 on it which I realized meant it was going to be torn down.

On a whim, my son and I stopped one day and took these pictures.




Interior of old store on Brawley School Rd


We peaked inside the partially opened front door and it was as if time had stopped.  The old shelves and refrigerator were just as they were years ago.  I imagined the shelves full of food and supplies and folks standing around talking about the recent cotton crop.

While I welcome the new homes along Lake Norman, the 2 new lanes on Brawley School and even the commercial real estate development occurring all along it,  I cant help be feel a sense of loss. 

To think that years ago there was no Lake Norman. Our now historic downtown Mooresville was built by cotton farmers simply to take advantage of the new railroad to get their cotton to their Image of Historic Store in Mooresville NCbuyers. 


Yesterday, as my son and I were driving home from lunch, we drove by the store.  In a matter of a few hours it had been demolished.  A huge tractor was scooping up the now piles of old wood. 

Our first instinct was to turn around and try to get one piece of wood or something not knowing what we would do with it.  But, we kept going, deciding it was best to carry on, grateful that we had these pictures to remind us of life in Mooresville before we lake-lovers came along.




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Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
This one put tears in my eyes-when i was growing up here, this is what the area looked like.  My grandparents were cotton farmers and indeed, this is where they bought dry goods.  Unreal.  Progress has its pros and cons.
Apr 22, 2008 07:13 AM #1
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Diane,

I always feel a sense of nostalgia and sadness when I come across these old pieces of history too. There is one that is completely overgrown in a ghost town in northern Ontario, an old railway stop from days gone by. I was there a few years ago and experienced the same feeling you're describing, especially when my Dad recalled the way things 'used to be' back when he was a youngster and that was a still a stop along the way.

I'm so glad you took these pictures. Thanks for sharing this.


Apr 22, 2008 08:41 AM #2
Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
Thanks for posting these pictures, Diane. I hate to loose old buildings but it looks like it was in sad shape. Such is progress, I might be a reactionary when it comes to buildings.
Apr 22, 2008 10:42 AM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Diane, You have presevered a bit of history of your town, I think that's a wonderful thing.  I remember those "mom and pop" stores that we had all over Long Island and miss them very much :(  Some places were a real part of history and meant to be saved, not destroyed.
Apr 22, 2008 12:22 PM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
I like the idea of posting links to  related posts at the end of the post. You have preserved a part of history with those pictures.
Apr 22, 2008 11:42 PM #5
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Leigh:  It must be so hard for you natives as I feel sad and I've only live here 3 years!

Jo-Anne:  Thanks for sharing...it's important to remember!

Bonnie: It was in sad shape but so full of character!

Carole: I had hoped it was going to be saved since it had been here so long but it wasn't to be.

Gita: Thanks...it's great for Google too!

Apr 25, 2008 08:40 AM #6
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Oct 29, 2009 09:26 AM #7
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