Once upon a time, a bustling railway station located along the Pee Dee Railway line called Silver Mountain Station was a major transportation hub for miners, First Nations people, lumberjacks, politicians and many others that passed through the station. To learn more about the history of the Pee Dee Railway, visit the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway website.
The Station was many things to many people. Canada’s legendary “Lady Lumberjack” Dorothea Mitchell called the Station her home. Dorothea resided at the station for 6 years running the post office, general store, railway stop and the saw mill. She was a feisty independent women who fought the system and won becoming the first unmarried woman to be granted permission to own a homestead in Ontario.
After Dorothea left the Station and moved to Port Arthur in 1921, she focused on her film career and became one of the first female Canadian Film Makers in history. Her work has been archived at the Port Arthur Amateur Cinema Society. Additional information can be found on LadyLumberjack.ca.
She was also the author of a Canadian best seller entitled “Lady Lumberjack,” a book that goes into fascinating detail about her experiences and life at Silver Mountain Station.
Silver Mountain Station is now a historic railway, the only remaining station left on the Pee Dee Railway. To this day the Station still houses historic photographs and newspaper clippings of it’s impressive past on the walls inside the rustic building. The Station has been converted into a casual fine dining restaurant that is managed by yet another feisty woman who knows how to get the job done by the name of Shelley Simon. Shelley is a red seal chef that has brought her culinary talents to the station and has also helped bring the Station’s rich history alive by bringing historians and authors together to help highlight the past and celebrate the future.
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