City Directories and History: The old Carolina and Northwestern Railroad ran from Chester to Edgemont, North Carolina. It was the so-called “milk run” that transported produce for farmers along the line. It made stops at Lowrys, McConnells, Guthries, Philadelphia, York, Filbert, and Clover. Mr. Smyer, who lived on Columbia Street, and Mr. Lynn, who lived on Hinton Street were the engineers.
Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982
In circa 1920 the current building, replaced a simple framed structure.
The Chester Depot on Lancaster Street had been a very important one, on the railroad, for both Confederate passenger and military supply services. It was here that CSA First Lady, Varina Davis, came after crossing the Catawba River and disembarked her train on April (15), 1865.
Mrs. Mary B. Chesnut, at the time a refugee in Chester, wrote; “People sent me things for Mrs. Davis, as they did in Columbia for Mr. Davis. But shame on them. There were people here (Chester, S.C.), so base as to be afraid to befriend Mrs. Davis, thinking when the Yankees came they would take vengeance on them for it. …. Mrs. Brown prepared a dinner for her at the station. I went down with her. She left at five o’clock….. she was as calm and smiling as ever.”
Source: Mary Chesnut’s Civil War, C. Vann Woodward, Yales Press, 1981, p. 785
See article by Louise Pettus below dealing with the train arriving in Chester, S.C.
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