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Old Fort, in western McDowell County was the site of Davidson's Fort, built in 1776 as a defense against the Cherokee and as colonial American's westernmost outpost at the time. It became a major train depot in the late 1880s and has been reopened as a Railroad Museum and visitors center.
Early Station’s depot closing can be easily explained: Atlantic Coast’s ceasing operation meant the closure of a station once providing passage to towns like Ahoskie and Norfolk three times a day. The more recent spelling of the town’s name as Earleys can be explained as an error; it was named for the Early family. As for the light seen around the abandoned depot, it has yielded no explanation and much speculation. Speculations for this phenomenon: stories always involving a man’s decapitation and everlasting search by the man’s spirit for his head.