Ore Hill / Mount Vernon Springs
(milepost CF 109.2)
This is an unincorporated area in Chatham county. Ore Hill
appears to be the the name of the station on the CF main line, but that
station was associated with a pre-Depression era spa about a mile away
named Mount Vernon Springs such that the spa's name was listed in the
A&Y employee time table (ETT). I have found it's history
from a Chatham
county history page sponsored by the Chatham County Historical
The 1934 A&Y ETT #14 shows that passenger
trains #30 and #31 stopped at "Mt. Vernon Springs." Train #30
stopped at 1:45pm on the way to Sanford. Train #31 stopped at 2:37pm on
the way up to Mount Airy. In addition, train #62 an eastbound local
freight stopped once daily at 2:16pm. The photo below shows the station
sign was "Ore Hill." The name did not change in A&Y time
tables through 1949 (although it was freight only with westbound local
train #63 at 9:32am and eastbound local train #65 at 2:02pm that stopped
daily except Sunday and Monday). After the Southern took over in 1950,
nothing changed except the train numbers (now #81 and #83).
||The ICC valuation reports indicate that there
is a depot and I have a photo. Unfortunately, I do not have dimensions and/or
drawings of this station. The time tables state this station is a water
stop and the valuation map indicates a 24' water tank, which might
be what I see to the left of the station in the background of this
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 detailed image.
There is a tool house, oil house, at least one section house, a chute
(for livestock?), and the depot.
A Southern Railway Shippers Guide from 1916 does not
have any record of an industry at Ore Hill using the A&Y for delivering and
receiving products by rail, however, the ICC valuation map lists Ore
Hill Mfg. Co. A Google
books search resulted in showing Volume 26 of the Bulletin of the
North Carolina Department of Agriculture (1905) which documents that
this company shipped "7,500 dozen double seat cane
chairs." According to the Chatham history web site
above, 500 gallons of water daily was shipped from the Springs to
customers by the railroad.
||spring mineral water / soda pop
||Mt. Vernon Springs (?)
double seat cane chairs
Ore Hill Mfg. Co.
Odds and Ends
I don't know much about Ore Hill or Mt. Vernon Springs.. If you know anything about this
area or the businesses and industries that might have used the railroad for shipping or
receiving products, please let me know.