“Harbor of Hospitality” may lose historic post office


Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was incorporated in 1793.  Wikipedia provides several interesting facts about the place: It’s known as the “Harbor of Hospitality" because of its long history of shipping thanks to its location at the narrowing of the Pasquotank River. The city has been cited as one of "The 100 Best Small Towns in America" by author Norman Crampton. And it hosts the North Carolina Potato Festival, an annual celebration of the potato, one of the region's most important crops.

Elizabeth City has a downtown post office and federal courthouse that was built in 1906. It’s a stone-veneered Renaissance Revival building with handsome classical and floral embellishments in the lobby. 

According to WVEC, this historic post office is slated to close July 22. 

A petition drive has received 3,500 signatures, and citizens are urging their lawmakers in Washington to keep the post office open.  Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC 1st District) has written a letter to the U.S. Postmaster, saying the closing would have "serious consequences for about 200 businesses and could create hardship for many elderly residents who could have trouble getting to the branch on Ehringhaus Street."

In a letter to the editor of the Daily Advance, local resident Marjorie A. Berry writes, “I urge everyone to support keeping the Main Street post office open. We have to show the U.S. Postal Service that we are not nameless, voiceless people in some insignificant little town.”

(Photo credits: post office exterior; postcard)

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