6/1/2022 – 8/31/2022 We’ve Got Mail: A History of the Post Office in West Orange County
In this day and age, we may not think much of the postal service, but it is pivotal to any community. A post office is a key requirement for an incorporated town, the unappreciated fabric of our cities. Before the digital age this role was even more crucial, as paper and physical media were more central to life. During pioneering times post offices prevented many communities from being entirely cut off from the outside world. Not only did the post office relay data and information across the country but it also relayed personal letters- the avenue along which human connections traveled.
Today, post offices are much different. E-mail and texting have largely replaced letters, and the postal service focuses on delivering packages and products. However, it is worthwhile to look back at how we wrote to our loved ones, received important news, or even paid bills in the recent past. Post offices were the outposts in the web that connected information. As such, the post office was a pillar in everyday life. By examining these crucial buildings, we obtain a valuable window into the lives of our predecessors.
The exhibit runs through August 31, 2022, and features documented photographs and artifacts tracing the history of the post office in West Orange County.
Winter Garden Heritage Museum
1 North Main Street
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm