Jamestown, VA


As post offices go, this one is fairly humble. Jamestown, Virginia, was something of a forgotten backwater when this photo was taken, circa 1907, the year of the Jamestown Exposition. Held downriver from Jamestown at Sewell’s Point, the Expo celebrated the 300th anniversary of the Virginia colony, drew national attention to the area,  and eventually led to the establishment of a naval base in Norfolk. Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt attended the Exposition, but it is doubtful they traveled to Jamestown proper to post a letter.


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