110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted Apr 1, 2014 - 12:57:09pm
When the St. Johns River settlement called Highland Park was in its boom years for celery-growing, residents needed a post for their mail. A contract was written by the U.S. Postal Service, and Highland Park was added to the list of postal stops in 1879.
The post office moved several times, operating at one time out of someone's house, but the original contract is still active, and is one of the five oldest Florida postal contracts.
The post office moved closer to DeLand as the years passed. An old wooden post still sits next to the railroad near Church Street in DeLand. That post was where mail bags were hung for the postmasters.
The 1879 post office eventually settled at 1961 Trinidad Ave. in Glenwood.
In Glenwood, the post office has had seven postmasters under the contract, including Wilma Allen, the current owner and postmaster.
Allen started working at the Glenwood post office 20 years ago as a helper. In 1997, she became postmaster.
Times have changed over those two decades.
Allen said Glenwood was originally a pineapple plantation.
When she came to work at the post office, there wasn't a lot to do, Allen said. Employees could count on having time to read a book during work hours.
"Nowadays you barely have time to get your work done!" she said.
On March 26, the Glenwood post office celebrated 135 years of having a continuous contract with the U.S. Postal Service.
Allen had some of the historic stamps and postcards from the post. To celebrate the anniversary, she said, she planned to cancel some of the mail with the old stamps, so keep an eye on your mail for the distinctive cancellation.
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