My Childhood Post Office Closed

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.

Orma WV Post Office

 

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!

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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.

2 Replies to “My Childhood Post Office Closed”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this. We almost lost our rural post office this year too. They shortened the hours and I never seem to make it up there while they’re open now. That makes me sad enough. Mine is about 7 and a half miles away. We got lucky.

  2. Oh, this is sad. I’m so glad you got one last letter from your childhood post office, though. It seems like they’re closing right and left.

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