In early December I posted some information about a place called War Hill, supposedly in Surry County. You can find that post here dated December 10, but to capsulize, a patron had asked if we knew anything about a place called War Hill or Warhill, and after much agonizing and consultation, we had to say that we did not.

So I made  a post in which I admitted as much, adding “But I’m betting that somebody out there knows something about this place. It is spelled as one word, Warhill, and two words, War Hill. If you know anything about it, please speak up.”

Well, I won my bet, because a reader calling himself “John” did speak up, making  five comments in reply. They ended up being attached to the wrong post, so you may have missed them, and “John” was having problems with sticky keys on his computer, so I’ve combined and edited the five comments to make it easier to understand.

War Hill was originally a tavern, probably in the late 18th century, in what is now northeast Surry County, near Flat Shoals, about halfway between Pilot Mountain and Mt. Airy. “John” found an 1830 deed that said that three men bought the property for the purpose, among others, of establishing a school and a church. One of them was Miles Foy, who either taught or preached or, perhaps, did both, there. Another was Job Worth, apparently a blacksmith, who established a business there called Flat Shoals Forge.

Another document that “John” turned up said that Job Worth, deceased, was buried at his old homeplace, called War Hill. “John” was able to pinpoint the site of the graveyard and went there. The first stone that he saw was that of Sallie Swaim, the wife of Job Worth. Job was buried next to her. Also there was their daughter Phoebe, who had married a man named B.F. Davis. And a son, John Worth, who had married Evaline Davis.

Apparently the Worths and Davises got along extremely well, which interests me, because my late mother-in-law was the daughter of a country doctor in Seward in Forsyth County named Worth Davis, the son of another country doctor, S.D. Davis of Pfafftown. So I’ll make another bet, that the Worth/Davis connection spread southward into Forsyth County, and that somebody knows about that connection. Let’s hear from you, please.

Meanwhile, if you want to visit the site of ancient War Hill, you need to follow old US 52 north to its junction with Ararat Road. This is Ararat, NC, not Ararat, VA, the home of the fabled NASCAR Wood brothers. And for now, until “John” gives us more precise directions, you’ll have to feel around to find the cemetery. But thanks to “John”, we know it is there. Happy hunting.

Thank you, “John.”

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