Jefferson County Post Offices - Then & Now

Photographs in this exhibit show early examples of postage, the development of Rural Free Delivery and the changing images of post offices in Jefferson County from 1875 to 2021.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The Post Office Department was created in 1792 with the passage of the Postal Service Act. Free mail delivery to cities began in 1863.

On October 1, 1896, Postmaster General William L. Wilson, born near Middleway, West Virginia, began rural free delivery (RFD) service from post offices in Charles Town, Halltown, and Uvilla. Rural carriers sold stamps and money orders, registered letters, and served as traveling post offices. Within a year, 44 routes were operating in 29 states.

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Jefferson County Post Offices - Then & Now