The Penland Post Office, of Penland, North Carolina, was established in 1879, and moved several times until it was finally established in this building in 1934. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the left side of the building is empty, but a local group is planning to renovate the whole building and invite community members to utilize the space for artist studios, a local crafts market, outdoor recreation outpost or other needed business.

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Members of the Penland Post Office Project board of directors, with friends, celebrate the National Registry of Historic Places listing. From left, Board Members: Paulus Berensohn, Marcia Bailey, Geraldine Plato, Gloria Schulman. Friends include:True Kelly, Norm Schulman, Becky Davis, (Post Mistress), Lisa Joerling (Board Member) and Jane Hatcher.
“The Penland Post Office and General Store is important vernacular architecture from the turn of the last century and a vital link to the present for our students and extended community. 28765 means Penland. It means creative retreat and a special moment in time. It is a zip code that causes joy and anticipation.

It is also a place where history is alive. Looking at the pictures on the wall, imagining the rising flood waters of 1916, examining commemorative stamps with Postmistress Becky or chatting with Paulus Berensohn or Bill Ford—one always experiences the past and the present blended together.

Penland School of Crafts and the Penland Post Office have a very special, intertwined history. When you cross the bridge over the North Toe and see the historic post office, you know you are entering Penland’s world. You can send mail back into the ‘other world’ through the Penland Post Office at the same time you remain safely immersed in the creative zone of Penland where time can stand still."

Jean W. McLaughlin, Director, Penland School of Crafts


On March 27, 2014, Jennifer Cathey, of NC Historic Preservation, spoke on the importance of this building to the   history of Mitchell County and how this restoration project can benefit our citizens.

 The Penland Post Office (and former     General Store) building is in need of major repairs. Built sometime before 1902, it has housed the Penland Post Office since 1934. The Post Office itself has been in Penland since 1879, making it the oldest Post Office in Mitchell County. The majority of the building housed a General Store and now stands empty, ready for community use, after it has been restored. 

You can help save a living piece of history and be a part of our county’s future!

A listing of our accomplishments to date will most likely leave off a thing or two but here are some that we can be really proud of:

1)National Historic Preservation Registry
2)Nonprofit status as a 5013c.
3)Raised about $50,000+, including a $10,000 grant
4)Have an architect’s planning document
5)We have a board of directors with 11 members
6)Opened a rummage stall in Spruce Pine with goods for sale and to display our brochure
7)Completed a brochure
8)A member raised more than $1000 creating and selling hand painted envelopes
9)A website
10)A facebook page with more than 70 likes
11)An email database for sending out newsletters (Mail chimp)
12) Have talked to several contractors about the project, including some who have experience with historical preservation and the codes that are involved
13) Talking to Dean Beam about managing the stabilization of the bank and interior walls
14) Got agreement from the Penland Bailey estate to donate the building and the land to our group
15) The Penland Bailey trust will donate us the old office building 
16) Have been in contact with CSX to get permission to do the renovation
17) We have made repairs to the porch
18) We regraded the driveway
19) We are researching insurance for Board of Directors


check out this photo on the Penlands and the Baileys page