Historic Markers Across Alabama

Cottonport / Mooresville

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Location: at the intersection of Old Highway 20 and Mooresville Road, Mooresville, Alabama
County: Limestone
Coordinates: N 34° 37.658    W 086° 52.802
  34.62763333    -86.88003333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None



The town of Cottonport flourished in the early years of Limestone County. It was settled in 1818 and chartered in 1824. It was located approx. 1½ miles S.E. near the point where Limestone Creek flowed into the Tennessee River and was a prime boat landing. Steamboats from E. Tennessee brought much needed goods to this area. During high water, flatboats loaded with bales of cotton departing Cottonport, could cross the river's rocky shoals and float to New Orleans.

Cottonport once boasting a town square, handsome houses, brick stores, warehouses, and a racetrack, gradually ceased to exist.

Residents left, fleeing Malaria epidemics common to the location. By the 1850's no trace of it remained. The long forgotten town cemetery was unearthed by construction of I-65.

Incorporated November 16, 1818

This quiet village was once a bustling town with doctors, lawyers, business houses, craftsmen and shops, including a tailor shop where a future president, Andrew Johnson apprenticed for a time. Named for an early setter, Mooresville was the first town incorporated by the Alabama Territorial Legislature.

The buildings exhibit the various architectural styles of the 19th century. The 1840's Post Office is the oldest in continual use in Alabama. There are town churches, the 1839 Brick Union Church and the 1854 white frame church where a future president James Garfield once preached a sermon. The stagecoach inn and tavern dates to the 1820's.

The Disney movie Tom and Huck was filmed here in 1995.

The entire village is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

Erected by Limestone County Historical Society Athens/Limestone Tourism Council 2003.

End of Cottonport / Mooresville