Port Tobacco Post Office recognizes 225 years
Location is oldest in Charles County
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.
The Port Tobacco Post Office first opened June 12, 1792, and is the oldest post office in operation in Charles County.