Community fundraises to restore historic post office in Penland, NC


The Penland Post Office and General Store, located at 1162 Penland Road in Penland, NC, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.  An online auction is being held Feb. 1-8 to raise funds for the next step of its restoration.

The Penland Post Office and General Store holds a special place for the Mitchell County town. In operation since 1879 and housed the same 1902-built structure since the 1930s, it’s a place many residents visit on a daily basis to pick up their mail and where Postmaster Rebecca Davis has worked for over 50 years.

“It’s a nexus point for the community. It’s the heart of the community of Penland,” says Alicia Swaringen, whose great-great-great-grandparents Col. Isaac Bailey and Louisa Penland Bailey constructed the building.

To help preserve its legacy as what Jennifer Cathey, restoration specialist for the state Historic Preservation Office, has deemed a perfect representation of buildings from its era, Swaringen and her mother, Marsha Bailey, started the Penland Post Office Project in 2002. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, and in the same year the community formed a nonprofit to which Swaringen, Bailey and their family gave the building so that people could donate money toward its restoration.  Read more.  (The National Register Nomination Form is here.)