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!
PENLAND POST OFFICE PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
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
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