North Carolina-Postal Historical Society-September 26


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-September 26

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

On Friday night my wife and I went on our date night and pull into the parking of a Asian Bistro called SoHo in Lumberton NC. In the parking lot are some friends that live on the same street as us. They asked us to join them for dinner and we did. We had great conversation about old home ownership, the bombing of Japan and the Enola Gay, children, East Carolina University, and Post Offices.

We talked about Lumberton’s former post office on Elm Street and how my friend law office Musslewhite, Musslewhite, and Branch got located there.

I talked about the post office in my hometown of Morristown, NJ having that same stately presence but not exactly the same design.

Morristown NJ Post Office located on the Green

morristown-post-offices-307

Former Lumberton, NC Post Office now a law office that my friend and neighbor works at. It is located on Elm Street in Lumberton, NC.

old-lumberton-post-office

I went researching and found out that in North Carolina there is a organization established to preserve the history of North Carolina post offices. The North Carolina Postal History Society was formed in 1982 to promote, study, and educate the public about North Carolina Postal History.

http://www.ncpostalhistory.com/

In 1996, the North Carolina Postal History Society published a four-volume set of books titled, Post Offices and Postmasters of North Carolina. These carefully prepared books, under the editorial leadership of Vernon S. Stroupe, documented not only the post offices and postmasters of the 6,915 different post offices in North Carolina from the pre-revolutionary times to modern times, but also illustrated all known postmarks from these offices used before the twentieth century.

I found out that my home county Robeson has had 128 different post offices in there history including the one shown above.

What was really neat about this organization is that they also have captured images of different post marks from each county including the one below that surely was done in the building my friend now calls his office.

In addition to that they have a list of each post office postmasters.

lumberton-post-mark

 

Link to info about Robeson County Post Offices is found below:

Click to access PostmarkCatalog_robeson_county-20150329.pdf

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