Friday, February 29, 2008

Historic Headsville Post Office to Open

The historic Headsvillle, West Virginia post office will open on Monday at the American Philatelic Center (APC) in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

On loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., the 1860-1914 rural post office will offer 21st century postal service to APC staff, visitors and local residents.

According to an APC press release, "For thirty-five years, the 540-square-foot board-and-batten structure served as an exhibition and working U.S. Post Office at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., showcasing its dual role as a country store and rural mail center. Its interior was featured on a 1972 stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Mail Order Industry."

The APC is the headquarters of both the American Philatelic Society, serving more than 42,000 stamp collectors in more than 110 countries, and the American Philatelic Research Library, the largest member-supported library of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Shown above is the entrance to the Headsville post office and general store.

For additional information, including more details about the Headsville Post Office Project, call the American Philatelic Center at 814-933-3803.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM