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Hattie Butner Stagecoach

Hattie Butner Stagecoach

This stagecoach was purchased by Edwin T. Clemmons in 1872 for his stagecoach line based in the Clemmons area of Forsyth County. Named “Hattie Butner” after Clemmons’s wife, this stagecoach was the last and largest of several coaches purchased by Clemmons from the Abbot, Downing & Co. of Concord, New Hampshire. Edwin Clemmons was the owner and proprietor of several stage lines based in the Clemmons area and running to Salem, High Point, Raleigh, Asheville, and Wytheville, Virginia. Clemmons died in 1886 and his widow donated the stagecoach to the Wachovia Historical Society in about 1890. In 1994 it was placed on view in the Clemmons Village Hall by the Clemmons Historical Society. This photograph shows the stagecoach on display in the annex building of the Wachovia Museum in Salem Boys’ School building. The annex was removed when the Boys’ School was restored in the 1950s.

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  1. I WAS TOLD MANY YEARS AGO THAT MY GRANDFATHER (WILLIAM WRIGHT) WAS A DRIVER ON THIS STAGE FROM ASHEVILLE TO OLD FORT. HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO VERIFY THIS. ALSO HAVE AN OLD PICTURE OF A STATE IN FRONT OF THE OLD EAGLE HOTEL IN ASHEVILLE. DO NOT KNOW ALSO THAT THIS IS THE HATTIE BUTNER.

  2. Thank you for your comment to Digital Forsyth. I’ve checked our research files and Old Salem does not have any information about specific drivers for Edwin Clemmons’s stage line. You might want to contact the Clemmons Historical Society or visit the North Carolina Room at the Forsyth County Library.

  3. Edwin Clemmons’ stage lines were based in Salem. His longest route, from Asheville to Edenton, made stops in Clemmons, as did his Salem to Statesville line. When the railroad reached Winston in 1873, Clemmons shut down his Salem lines and began a partnership with Lewis Dowling in Asheville. The Hattie Butner made the run from Asheville to Old Fort from 1872 to 1880, when the Western North Carolina Railroad was completed to Asheville. Mr. Wright may have driven the Hattie Butner from time to time, but the regular driver on that run was John Pence.

  4. I was told before my grandmother Ruby Stone Jackson that her grandfather John Kinney of Lexington an attorney & statesman owned a stagecoach home off of old Greensboro rd in the Lake Thoma/Lex area. She said the home estate went through the Clinard family & then was sold to replace the Clemmons stagecoach home due to a dramatic fire that destroyed It. It would be nice to verify this is the original structure my grandmother grew up in on old Greensboro rd.

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