Sunday, May 19, 2013

~ You've Got Mail ~

As a lover of history and pieces of furniture with a story
you can imagine how thrilled I was when Mr. Wonderful produced this 
antique gem.

We were blessed to inherit 100 beautiful acres of Ozark land steeped in history.
The little town of Graydon Springs MO was a stop on the rail line on the way to Kansas City 
for many many years.
There was a hotel that boasted mineral springs where people came to 
'take the waters', which was very popular at the turn of the last century.
The hotel burned down long ago.
And there's not enough left to feed the imagination about the life that was. 
The large store building which housed the Post Office
is still standing on our property. But only just barely.....nothing left but the shell of the 12" thick walls.
But we were lucky enough to find this Post Office box
which my darling hubbs restored.
The Post Office operated out of this location from 1890-1940

The Hubbs had a clever idea of mounting the Post Office Box in the wall 
looking into his study from the hallway.

It's hard to get good clear pictures in the dark hallway. Sorry.

Just think of all the letters sent back and forth from families and friends from across the country.
And all the visiting that took place as townspeople came to the local post office to see if there was anything waiting for them in their little numbered slot.

This is an old picture from the 60's  taken from the railway, noting Graydon Springs.
That little building is NOT the store building I've been talking about.

When was the last time you received a letter from a friend?