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BUILT in 1902

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. The building itself was built in 1902 and housed the Bailey Lumber Company, and later several General Stores. 


Thanks to the efforts of Marcia Bailey and her daughter, Alicia Swaringen, the Penland Post Office and General Store gained its place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.


In 2012, the community formed a 501(c)3 to accept ownership and responsiblity for renovating and restoring the Penland Post Office and General Store building.


Today, the left side of the building is empty, but the Penland Post Office Project is in the process of renovation. We completed the stabilization phase in the summer of 2017! We need to raise more money to do the rest of the restoration. 


Eventually, the space will be available for community members to create retail spaces, outdoor recreation outpost or other needed business. Please continue reading to find out more details of current and future activities~!



Monday, Nov 7, 2022 to Sunday, Nov 13, 2022.
More than 70 artists' works available!

Your purchase will help us in our next phase of renovation: painting the exterior of our building. We are also planning on installing water and a septic system, as well as a bathroom to give our building more options for activities and use of the space.

We have received another grant!

The Marion Stedman Covington Foundation has awarded us $15,000 to complete our stabilization project. Many thanks to Gloria Schulman for writing the grant and thank you to the Founation.

“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, Former Director,

Penland School of Crafts

Jean McLaughlin, being interviewed for our crowd funding video.

Our crowd funding campaign, via, went live June 1, 2016. Please consider taking this opportunity to be a part of our wonderful community project!


The Penland Post Office/General Store and old Office Building are 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.



Brianna Sheehan, videographer, taping Jennifer Cathey for our crowd funding video.

We are a 5013c so we can accept tax deductible donations!


Your financial support will help us restore this lovely old building at the heart of Penland, save the Penland Post Office, and breathe life into the large empty space that used to be the General Store!

Please make your check

out to: 

The Penland Post Office Project

Mail to:

The Penland Post Office Project

PO Box 41

Penland, NC  28765


We have a Memorium Page for those of you who would like to donate in memory of a loved one. Just send us a note with your donation.

The Penland Post Office and General Store is representative of the numerous modest community buildings that once dotted the North Carolina mountains. Many of these places have been lost to development or neglect, yet this place survives, overlooking the Clinchfield Railroad line and the waters of the Toe River, a landmark to visitors and longtime residents alike. With community support for repair and rehabilitation, the Penland Store and Post Office will remain a cultural  attraction and a commercial asset to Mitchell County and to the western North Carolina region. 


Jennifer Cathey

Restoration Specialist

State Historic Preservation Office

NC Department of Cultural Resources

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