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Woody Peebles amid his collection of old signs and gas pumps, which will be on display during the Historic Mooresville Home and Garden Tour on Saturday.
Daily photos by Gary Cosby Jr.
Woody Peebles amid his collection of old signs and gas pumps, which will be on display during the Historic Mooresville Home and Garden Tour on Saturday.

a slice of Americana
Mooresville resident’s collection of antiques, signs will be on display during walking tour

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

Head to historic Mooresville on Saturday for its every-other-year tour and you’ll find some changes — and a new touch of Americana, too.

Laundry may be a chore today, but those who visit Woody Peebles’ display on the walking tour in Mooresville will see how bad it could be. This antique washing machine is part of his collection.
Laundry may be a chore today, but those who visit Woody Peebles’ display on the walking tour in Mooresville will see how bad it could be. This antique washing machine is part of his collection.
Woody Peebles, a sixth-generation resident of this town established in 1818, began collecting all kinds of antiques, signs, gasoline pumps, and items from general stores and drug stores about five years ago. He will have some on display in front of his High Street shop Saturday.

Peebles, 57, a retired farmer who also has some farm equipment and two 1929 antique cars, has invited members of the Alabama Rambling A’s and a couple of other antique car clubs to bring their cars.

Peebles has a dream. He would like to restore his barns and sheds as a museum to display his Americana collection and move the old Belle Mina depot there, too.

Meanwhile, he’s having fun going around the country to auctions and estate sales and searching eBay for antiques.

Against a backdrop of Shell, Sinclair and Texaco signs and old pumps, he points to his favorite.

“This is the best sign I own,” he said.

It reads: “Ambulance Service, John Thomas, Phone 80, Funeral Director, Jackson.”

He believes it’s from a Tennessee man with a full-service business. Peebles also is proud of his 1967 Cadillac combination ambulance and hearse.

“My strong suit is variety,” Peebles said.

A tricycle built for two is among the memorabilia Woody Peebles has collected.
A tricycle built for two is among the memorabilia Woody Peebles has collected.
He’s got grocery-store delivery bikes with baskets, lots of Coca-Cola signs and machines, an old-fashioned copper washing machine, a tricycle built for two, scales to weigh you, Lance cookie jars, a stoplight and a Ferris wheel seat.

“I didn’t have much interest in all this until a few years ago,” Peebles said.

Because Mooresville is older than the state of Alabama and the oldest incorporated town in Alabama, “it makes sense to have it here, and I have the rest of my life to work on it.

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