Town of Washington Post O ce to open next week, Postmaster says
For the first time since September 2019, 22747 residents will be able to get there mail in the county seat
Following months of delay, the long awaited Post O ce in the Town of Washington may nally have a grand opening on Feb. 22 barring any unforeseen circumstances, according to Postmaster Tina Brooks.
Brooks said in an email to Washington Mayor Fred Catlin that it will operate Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with an hour closure for lunch before reopening at 1:30 p.m and closing for the day at 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Brooks did not immediately return a request for comment.
The opening will mark the conclusion to its prolonged construction marred by delays that were o entimes the result of supply shortages and building errors, among many other hurdles. U.S. Postal Service o cials had repeatedly adjusted the timetable for its opening, eventually reaching a point where they declined to o er any predictions for when it might be operational.
“I think that thanks to a lot of people's e orts, we have a beautiful building and it's going to be great, especially with Rush River [Commons] across the lane,” Catlin said of the Post O ce in an interview. "It'll be a nice area for the community. We've been missing our community space.”
The lack of a Post O ce in Washington also le many residents using the small facility in Sperryville to send mail, which o en created long lines where people had to wait outdoors sometimes in the cold or rain. In the interim, a mailbox was placed in the town to supplement the Sperryville Post O ce.
“This is good news. It obviously took far too long and put so many of our citizens at a huge inconvenience during the pandemic. Thank goodness we’re nally at the end,” said Hampton Supervisor Keir Whitson, who represents the area where the Post O ce is locat
ed. “I just look forward to having mail service back in the Town of Washington so that we're not running all over the place, including Sperryville, to perform simple daily mail functions.”
Catlin at a Town Council meeting on Monday night indicated his plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Post O ce in the coming weeks once it’s open and fully operational.