The Hewlett station was located near the Hewlett family home and dairy farm known as Ingleside.
It lost its telegraph office in 1931. According to the 1937 Side Track Record, Hewlett
had 3 side tracks. One was a 545' house track (track number 846). The other two were a 3210' passing
siding (track number 844, located across the main from the depot) and a 1044' commercial loading track
(track number 845). The stock pen was retired in 1941 and the passenger and freight station was remodeled
in March, 1942. Tracks 844 and 845 were removed in January, 1943. In April of 1956 Hewlett was converted
to a non-agency station. The C&O stopped handling LCL freight at Hewlett in 1961 and retired the station
building. The 1963 track charts still listed a cattle pen (was it retired in place in 1941?) here along with
the 545' house track. Car-load freight was handled at Hewlett as late as 1985. The house track was still in
place, though clogged with weeds and nearly buried in the soil, in 1998. When I visited in the summer of 2002,
though, it had been removed.
One of the most exciting moments of my first research trip to the Piedmont
was when I sighted this building hidden among the weeds. It stands
about 50 to 60 feet from the tracks and it looks as though it may be
in use as a storage shed. Because of the station sign I thought it was the
Hewlett station, but that now appears to be incorrect. According to both Mr. Andrew Smith
and Mrs. Marjorie Moore the Hewlett station had been a larger brick building.
This building was built as a store when the original store, which stood between
this building and the tracks, burned. The station sign was hung by the current owners.
This is where the Hewlett track diverged from the main. I’m facing
east here. (1999 photo)
This is the end of the Hewlett house track. If you look carefully, you
can see the pile of dirt that, I guess, acted as a bumper. The
station once stood between the spur and the main. Photo facing
west. (1999 photo)
These maps were prepared from U.S.G.S. topological maps, C&O track charts dated 1963, C&O Side
Track Records dated 1937, a copy of the Side Track Records updated through the 1990’s, and
C&O Valuation maps, also updated through the 1990’s.
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