My childhood post office, a nondescript, cinder-block building on the side of Route 16 in Orma, WV, was shuttered on November 20, 2013 after 108 years of operation.
My parents–knowing my love for all things postal–were thoughtful enough to send me a note that day with the last day’s postmark!
I am sad to hear that it closed. The post office was already 5 miles from my parents’ house, and their new post office is 10 miles away. On curvy West Virginia roads, that’s a 20-minute drive. The post office connected their rural community to the outside world for more than a century and now it’s gone. Makes me wonder what the future holds for the community and for the postal service.