"The Post Office/General Store and old Office Building is now owned by The Penland Post Office Project, Inc." Al Chrismon of the Penland Bailey Corp., Inc. Oct 20, 2015.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Penland Bailey family who generously deeded us the Post Office and General Store, as well as the .51 acres that the building stands on.
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We are shoring up the building to protect it from the elements, removing part of the back of the building that was crushed by a very large oak tree, as well as removing plant matter from the roof and sealing leaks.
Our next phase is raising more money through a letter campaign, grants and crowdfunding.
The building needs foundation work, as well as an electrical overhaul.
If you are interested in helping us out in any way, please contact us through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or look at our contact page. It is through community support that we will save this historic building!
Many thanks to Vulcan Materials Company for generously donating 6 truckloads of gravel for us to pave the
Post Office driveway and Parking lot in October, 2015.
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) Researching how to stabilize the north bank and interior walls via local professionals
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) We have made repairs to the porch
18) We regraveled and graded the driveway twice