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JoLee Gregory Spears

This page was updated January 16, 2009

Village of Fort Mitchell - Miscellaneous

Update 15 Aug 2003: Directors of "Fort Mitchell Depot Renovations, Inc.," with the assistance of Tom Rutledge, Atty., have obtained the deed to the Fort Mitchell Depot. Directors are: Doris Ray Thompson, Chairman; W. C. Thompson, Jr., Vice-Chairman; Susan Baugh Lenhart, Secretary; Betsy N. Long, Treasurer; Jerry D. Robinson, Director; Harvey Lee Hudson and David K. Bigger. The dream to restore was begun by Carter Thompson, now deceased.

Fort Mitchell Post Office was established 1875, with Paul E. Fore being its first postmaster. (see Fore family). Fort Mitchell developed as a rural trading center with the coming of the Southern Railroad from Keysville, VA to Durham, NC. The railroad tracks were being laid throughout the area when the Civil War halted construction. Work on the railroad was not resumed until about 1867. [The Chase City Progress, 4-3-75, p1-B]

Some churches in the area:

Past businesses at Fort Mitchell:

  • Paul E. Fore General Merchandize
  • Howard G. Fore General Merchandize
  • Bayard Spencer General Merchandize
  • Jack Davis's Store
  • W. C. Thompson General Merchandize
  • Walter S. Price Blacksmith Shop
  • Sam Bayne's Saw Mill
  • Walter Spencer General Merchandize
  • Wiley Davis's Store
  • T. E. Hudson's General Merchandise (photo)

Where are our senior natives of Fort Mitchell?

  • Bernita (Price) Crowder, 83, born at Fort Mitchell, widow of Shelbon W. Crowder, (2003) lives in Colonial Heights, VA with her son-in-law and daughter, Dr. Jay S. and Shelley Goldberg. Bernita stays busy with her beautiful Folk Art paintings, some shown in galleries. (See copy, 3/4 size, of one owned by this writer.) Bernita is dau. of the late Walter Samuel and Annie Lee (Davis) Price. The Price home was near the home and store of her mother's brother, Mr.Jack Davis. All were members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
  • Julian M. Fore, born at Fort Mitchell, is in his late 80's, lives (2003) in a senior village in Cary, NC. Julian is the youngest and last surviving child of the late Howard G. Fore. (Julian passed away 2005.)



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Howard G. Fore in Model T Submitted by James Dillard
Howard G. Fore abt 1916. Fort Mitchell depot agent and merchant. Child is likley youngest son Julian. Martha Louise Fowlkes Williams and dau. Ruby waiting for train abt 1916. Man and boy not identified. Fort Mitchell Depot
Submitted by James Dillard

Submitted by James Dillard
Pauline E. Fore sitting on a trunk, waiting for the train. Ft Mitchell Depot in 2004
Submitted by Valerie Hudson-Arrington

Submitted by Valerie Hudson-Arrington
T.E.Hudson's Store

Hudson House in 2004

Reported to have been built by Paul Fore.

Submitted by Valerie Hudson-Arrington