Port To­bacco Post Of­fice rec­og­nizes 225 years

Lo­ca­tion is old­est in Charles County

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

For two and a quar­ter cen­turies, the Port To­bacco Post Of­fice has been mak­ing sure the mail runs on time.

“We were one of the post of­fices cre­ated through the Post Of­fice Act of 1792,” said Port To­bacco

Post­mas­ter Carol Feim­ster. “We are one of the old­est ones, al­though the lo­ca­tion has changed.”

The Port To­bacco Post Of­fice is the old­est United States post of­fice in Charles County, hav­ing been es­tab­lished June 12, 1792, ac­cord­ing to the United States Postal Ser­vice web­site. The New­burg/New­port post of­fice opened five years later, June 19, 1797, but closed in June 1959.

Port To­bacco was the seat of Charles County gov­ern­ment un­til 1895, when it was suc­ceeded by La Plata. The La Plata post of­fice opened in Novem­ber 1873, ac­cord­ing to the USPS web­site.

Feim­ster, whose grand­fa­ther worked for the post of­fice for 43 years in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., said no big cel­e­bra­tion was planned, but she did place a no­tice on the door in­form­ing pa­trons of the an­niver­sary.

“It was so they could take a lit­tle pride in the com­mu­nity; we didn’t just land here, we’ve been here 225 years serv­ing this com­mu­nity,” she said.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

The Port To­bacco Post Of­fice first opened June 12, 1792, and is the old­est post of­fice in op­er­a­tion in Charles County.

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