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STORY OF THE QUILT SQUARE, THE ANGIER DEPOT, BY THE AMBASSADOR .EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS CLUB FOR THE HARNETT COUNTY HISTORICAL QUILT, 1989

ANGIER DEPOT

It was in the early 1900's that the last rail was laid and the last spike driven in what was known as the Durham and Southern Railroad. It was little more than a tram-way leading from Apex in Wake County to the Jake Williams farm in Harnett County. This tram-way was developed by the Washington Duke family. Washington Duke, whose pack house, the "damn Yankee’s" broke in, stole some of his tobacco, rubbed it between their hands, filled their clay pipes and thereby obtained the sweetest and coolest smoke that a Yankee ever had experienced. When their mission "down south" had '0 ended, back home they went, and in no time they were writing old Mr. Duke for more of 1.S North Carolina "golden leaf". As a result of this, so tradition has it, old Mr. Duke and his sons became the fore-runners and probably the founders of the American Tobacco Company...thereby putting Durham on the map.

Col. Angier owned and operated a plant at Cary, known as the Cary Lumber Company and conceived the idea of building a railroad along the pine ridge leading from Apex southerly to Harnett County... and supposedly with the financial backing of the Dukes, he did build the railroad.

A station house was erected, and was generally occupied by the train crew, who spent their nights there. The train made round trips daily from Jake Williams' farm to Apex and back, staying over at night and leaving promptly at 8:30 in the morning. On the way up, various sidings, of either lumber or logs, along the line of the train were picked up. Four or five such cars loaded down the little two-wheeler, bonnet smoke-stack locomotive. This little engine was known by many as the "Little Goat".

As yet no name had been selected for the station. Some suggested Williams, others Williamsville and still others suggested Williamsburg or Williams Station. Finally a compromise was reached and they named the station Angier, in honor of Johnathan C. Angier, who played a major part in the building of the railroad.

The depot was used regularly as the train passed through until sometime in the 70's when Durham and Southern ceased their daily trips through Angier. For several years, the depot was not in use, but through the efforts of the Town of Angier and the Chamber of Commerce, the 'old depot' was restored and is used for community activities. Adjoining the depot is a caboose donated by Durham and Southern Railroad that housed the Chamber of Commerce Office until August, 1992, when a need for more space resulted in the Chamber Office being moved into the depot. Plans are to use one room of the depot as a museum or history room.

Submitted by: Avis Hall, member

Ambassador Extension Homemakers Club

Source: Voices of Yesteryear

By: Betty C. Pleasant et. al.

Raleigh: The Graphic Press

Quilt Square: Row 7, Number 36

Embroidery and applique by: Gladys Woodley and Becky Partin, members Ambassador Extension Homemakers Club