Relocating? Life in Lake Norman

Historic Main Street and Face Jugs…learning about the heart of Mooresville

Lake Norman's Historic Downtown Mooresville

On our very first day in Mooresville, my husband and I decided to explore “Downtown” Mooresville; a quaint Main Street with a mixture of historic buildings containing old businesses like Turner’s Hardware and upscale shops like The Garden Party.

We happened upon an art gallery with a window full of beautiful watercolors of scenic country roads, sail boats on Lake Norman and lighthouses. Inside we found more paintings and some fascinating locally-made pottery “face jugs”. It was a lively atmosphere, with the cutest tiny white dog pretty much running the place while the owners chatted with old friends and tourists alike. I was actually quite impressed that we met the artist “Cotton” Ketchie and his wife Vickie, not having any idea what an impact they would have on my new life in Mooresville!

Renowned artist and photographer Cotton Ketchie

Kind of like the Kevin Bacon game, almost everything I do outside of real estate in some way can be linked to my friendship with Vickie and Cotton. From The Mooresville/Lake Norman Exchange Club, The Mooresville Museum, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), Stocks for Tots, The Cotton Ketchie Art Festival to collecting face jugs at pottery kiln sales in Catawba County, what an incredible journey in such a relatively short period of time! I am so grateful that I have been able to learn about and be involved in what I would call the heart of Mooresville and to have such special friends like Cotton and Vickie who have taught me not just about life in Mooresville, both past and present, but about the meaning of true Southern hospitality. It is now one of my goals to pass along all I have learned to newcomers.


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