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Hinsdale in Cheshire County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Nation's Oldest Continuously Operating Post Office Building

Since 1816

 
 
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Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2019
1. Nation's Oldest Continuously Operating Post Office Building Marker
Inscription.  Nation's Oldest Continuously Operating Post Office Building since 1816
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1816.
 
Location. 42° 47.195′ N, 72° 28.887′ W. Marker is in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, in Cheshire County. Marker is on Main Street (New Hampshire Route 119) just west of Depot Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is mounted directly on subject post office building, over the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13 Main Street, Hinsdale NH 03451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newhall & Stebbins (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hinsdale's Auto Pioneer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hinsdale and the Power of the Ashuelot (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Story of Anadromous Fish (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Vernon Union Church (approx. 2.3 miles away in Vermont); Jemima Tute
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(approx. 2½ miles away in Vermont); Fort Bridgman Marker (approx. 2.6 miles away in Vermont); Ashuelot Covered Bridge (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hinsdale.
 
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1. Oldest Post Office in the U.S. There are other post offices in the country that have operated for longer, or are in more spectacular buildings, but none of them have been in the same building for quite as long. Nathan Babbitt, was the self-appointed first Postmaster of Hinsdale in 1815, and he is responsible for building the post office the following year. He built what was at the time considered a contract postal unit. That is, he built a post office in a corner or a general store and started taking deliveries for the small town. The mail eventually became more important than the general store and the little corner post office took over the entire building little by little. (Submitted on July 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Small town New Hampshire post office celebrates 200 years. (AP, August 4, 2016) When the small town of Hinsdale’s post office opened in 1816, it didn’t need all the space in the two-story wooden building on Main Street. Through the years, it has shared space
Nation's Oldest Continuously Operating Post Office Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2019
3. Nation's Oldest Continuously Operating Post Office Building
with telephone operators, a general store and even a barbershop. Much of the building’s original character remains. The hundreds of brass mailboxes that line the front walls are originals from the 1800s, with letter combination locks. When it’s humid, the wooden boxes get stuck and won’t open, employee Brenda Martin said. (Submitted on July 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Jul. 2, 2022