Classic Cars & Hidden Gardens

Historic Mooresville presents…

 Classic Cars & Hidden Gardens

Saturday, May 11, 2024

10 am – 1:00 pm

Classic Cars & Hidden Gardens will be a one-of-a-kind experience that combines strolling among a private collection of Americana headlined by an impeccable collection of classic cars & exclusive access to a sampling of Historic Mooresville’s finest private gardens.  Guests will also enjoy a Barbeque sandwich bag lunch served with Woody Peebles’ signature “Khaki Pants” homemade milkshakes.  Enjoy a perfect Saturday in Mooresville’s 19th century historical setting.

Guests will also have a chance to shop at Mooresville’s own The Shoppe at the Tavern offering unique gifts and a special curated selection of plants from the town’s public and private gardens.

Please note that historic buildings and private grounds are not handicap accessible.  If you have a question about accessibility, please contact the  town before purchasing an event ticket.

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Things to know about your Reservations:

  • Your PayPal/credit card receipt will serve as your reservation acknowledgement.  No paper or electronic “tickets” will be sent.
  • Guests are required to check-in at tent directly in front of Town.
  • Tickets at Check-in will be distributed for bag lunches and “Khaki Pants” Milkshakes and served between 10:30 am and 12:45 pm
  • No refunds after Monday, April 29th
  • Parking provided in front of town.

Questions? Call 256-509-0422

All proceeds support the preservation of Historic Mooresville.  Historic Mooresville’s vision is to personify “History Lives” – combining the best of small town community life for our residents with exemplary historical preservation and education for our visitors.

Woody Peebles’ Americana Collection

Woody Peebles, a Mooresville farmer, is living every man’s dream — to collect old things and have plenty of room to store them.

His amazing collection of memorabilia includes early 20th century vending machines, refrigerators, safes, agricultural machines, gas pumps, license plates, and kitchen appliances. His extensive old sign collection by itself would satisfy most collectors. These large colorful signs advertise Texaco, Shell, Gulf, Eveready Battery, Rexall, International Harvester, Dutch Boy, Kiwanis, and Coca-Cola, to name just a few.

Peebles, a sixth generation Mooresville resident, began collecting magazines and coins as a young boy but didn’t appreciate the history around him until he became an adult. He bought his first antique car in 1990 and now owns two 1929 Model A’s that have belonged to members of his family since they were new.

Peebles’ collection of Americana was not planned. He dates his beginning to December 2002 when he walked into an antique mall and saw something he admired. He didn’t buy at this time and kept going back to look at it – and then someone else bought it. He learned a valuable lesson, but he also discovered that if you miss a piece, you should keep looking and working, and something just like it will show up again. His sources for items are auctions, estate sales, antique malls, and, of course, eBay. He never looks for anything specific; “The piece speaks to me,” he says.

A variety of items from Peebles’ collection and some of his antique cars will be on display during the Classic Cars & Hidden Gardens event.

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