Stories of the South - Post Office Montpelier, MS Clay County
The post office in Montpelier was an awesome place to me when I was a little girl. There were rows upon rows of brass PO boxes, the kind with the little windows and knobs on front. Mrs. King was our postmistress and had been for years when I was little. I wish I knew how long. She also lived in the post office in living quarters in the back and treated the entire post office like it was her home. There was a porch swing on the front porch of the post office, yes an honest to goodness porch with a swing on a post office, it is Mississippi after all.
|Happier times. Photo from 2008 found HERE|
There were red roses growing up on either side of the front steps and other flowers and shrubs all around the building. Inside she had glass display cases filled with treasures and a wood burning stove she used to heat the building all winter long. Since there never has been a beauty shop in Montpelier, all the ladies congregated here, drank coffee, and solved the world’s problems.
A terrible store came through in April 27,2011 and finally closed the post office for good. It was only open part of the time after Mrs. King retired and since it had been struggling for so long the decision was made to close it.
Sadly someone has taken the sign from the front porch that said Montpelier, MS Post Office and the inside has been stripped. A few of the old signs and stickers are all that remain.