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Barboursville Post Office Closes

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 31, 2006

One small town in Virginia is losing a staple in its community, and it doesn't just affect the town's residents.

Seeing letters drop from the top of the Barboursville Post Office is a sign things are changing.

"The Barboursville Post Office will be temporarily relocated to the Somerset Post Office [on Saturday, April 1]," said Lois Miller with the United State Postal Service in Richmond.

The move comes after postal officials expressed concerns about employee safety. The building currently housing the post office since the late 1960s is in poor shape.

"There are some problems here with the septic and sewage and the the water," added Miller.

The 2,000 people who get their mail in Barboursville were told about the service suspension in early March. Only temporary, the shut down causes them to go a few miles away for personal service.

"It will be a little inconvenient going over to Somerset, but I think everybody will go along with it for a while," said Richard Mayo of Barboursville.

Mayo and his neighbors have been going along with even more in recent years.

"There is very little commerce here for the locals. It's becoming more tourist-oriented with the wineries, and with the art businesses that we are a part of," said Beth Nichols, a business owner in Barboursville.

The building no longer holds the title 'Barboursville Post Office, but members of the small town, say when it leaves it will take away a lot of memories.

"You get to know them real well, and once they move on you kind of miss them for a while," added Mayo.

"This is really the last anchor this community has," added Nichols.

The postal service says they are seeking bids to find land, so they can put another post office in the town Barboursville.


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