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Atlantic & Yadkin Railway

History &


Rocky Springs

Stokesdale (Milepost CF 51.3)


The town of Stokesdale was incorporated in 1907. It was known earlier as Pine or Pond, but was renamed perhaps for Governor Montford Stokes (1762-1842), or a surveyor, conductor, or executive of the railroad. In 1886 the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad was built from Greensboro to Mount Airy.  The railroad passed through Pond and a railroad station was built to service the area.  The post office was moved at this time and the  name was changed to Stokesdale. 

Stokesdale is located in the northwest corner of Guilford County,and is a rural community with a mixture of agricultural and farming areas, businesses, industries, and residential areas.  A small business district provides services for the citizens of the area.  It is at an altitude of 950 feet.  The A&Y had a telephone there and a capacity for 22 cars on sidings and spurs. For more information, visit the Stokesdale web page.

stokesdale_depot_unknown_NCSA Here is an image of the station from the North Carolina State Library Photographic Archives (click on thumbnail for 800x600 image). If you look carefully to the left behind the station you can see what I believe to be a pulpwood truck and to the right behind the station is a cut of pulpwood flatcars a.k.a. pulp racks.  Looks like Stokesdale was a pulpwood loading point at the time the photo was taken (which is unfortunately unknown).
Stokesdale_Depot_unknown_1908_shelton.jpg (198285 bytes) Here are two more images of the depot (circa 1908 before it burned and the replacement in 1910) courtesy of Steven Shelton. Stokesdale_Depot_unknown_1910_shelton.jpg (276195 bytes)
wpe2.jpg (400581 bytes) The depot blueprint to the left and the construction contract to the right. Beware, the depot blueprint is 5MB image file and the contract is a 2MB pdf.

Click on thumbnail to obtain larger size document in new window.


Track Diagram

wpe2.gif (164156 bytes) An image from the ICC valuation maps gives a fair idea of how the track and depot were laid out. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image. 



A Southern Railway Shippers Guide from 1916 indicates the following industries were located in Belews Creek and using the A&Y for delivering and receiving products by rail (although some may have used the station or team track rather than having a dedicated siding). I will add other industries as I receive information about them, for example, A.W. Preston & Son:


Goods Shipped/Rec'd

Company Name

cotton mill Yarns, No. 8, Skeins, Cones and Tubes Enterprise Manunfacturing Co.
cotton mill 36" 4 yard 4x4 Sheetings Columbia Manufacturing Co.
flour and grist mill flour and feed Ramseur Milling Co.
flour and grist mill flour and feed Enterprise Milling Co.
flour and grist mill flour and feed Richland Roller Mills
furniture factory case goods, chiffoniers, bureaus, and wash stands Ramseur Furniture Co.
planing mill miscellaneous Fleta Lumber Co.
planing mill miscellaneous Coleridge Mfg. Co.
sawmill oak lumber Hurly C. Parks
sawmill oak lumber W. T. Foushee & Co.
sawmill oak lumber Staley Lumber Co.
sawmill oak lumber John Bray & Son
sawmill oak lumber J. C. Craven
sawmill oak lumber T. A. Cox
woodworking factory cotton mill supplies Novelty Wood Works


Odds and Ends

I will include any information that is non-railroad in nature that helps provide a hint as to the character of the people and industries who lived and worked in Stokesdale.

A&Y-297-Stokesdale-NC-ca-19xx-Bott-collection.jpg (391114 bytes) I purchased this undated real photo postcard of A&Y 297 blasting through Stokesdale with a relatively short train. The photographer is also unknown.
stokesdale_a Although the tracks and racks are gone now, you can still see the roadbed if you look carefully.  These images from my trip confirm Mr. Garreth McDonald's observation that the A&Y ran right between streets in this area! The right of way was where the grassy median is in the photo on the left. It also ran in the space right in front of this firehouse (which I can safely say did not exist when the railroad did).



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Jeff Friddle provided these contemporary photos of the A&Y trestle near Stokesdale:


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Stokesdale-NC-Masonic-building-ca1900_01.jpg (185593 bytes) This 1900 era photo depicts the Masonic building in Stokesdale. I also like how it gives a feel for the landscape at that time.

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This page  last edited Tuesday, October 25, 2016