In rural Mathews County, Virginia there are a plethora of United States Post Offices that have simply disappeared. Down near the current location known as Onemo stood multiple Post Offices, each about a mile apart. There was Penny, which stood near the intersection of Route 608 (Hamburg Rd) and 609 (Bethel Beach Rd). Further down Bethel Beach Road was the Sarah Post Office. This was named for Sarah Thomas, who married Edwin C. Hudgins and together they ran a store and post office next door to their home. The post card pictured is from Edwin to Sarah during their courtship in 1909. Notice the address at the Penny Post Office. Other post offices that have disappeared in the area, condensed now into just one- Onemo- including the Laban post office which stood near the current day Peniel Church on Garden Creek Road. The Laban post office building now resides on Williams Wharf Road as a tool shed. One must ponder how much longer the small Onemo post office will remain. As these pieces of Mathews History continue to disappear we take solace in the relics such as these old post cards to remind us of a much simpler time when each small enclave in Mathews County was a community unto itself.
Logging on to my blog site here, I realize I haven't posted in almost exactly a year. Well, I am here now, working on getting back into a routine and focusing more on the history I love. I am currently working on transcribing Martin Diggs Diaries. Please see the tab on the top of the page to go to that separate page where we are in the year 1942. I am also working on cataloging his collections. I have turned over a large grouping of Mathews County, Virginia Native American projectile points to The Fairfield Foundation for use by the archaeology students. The students will study them, classify them and photograph them, eventually returning them to the family. I am excited that Martin's collections are being used for education purposes and I am sure he would be delighted by this as well. In my work as a genealogist I continue to research interesting families. Currently I am researching an old Virginia family who came over from England just after the settlement of Jamestowne. I have continued with my work at the non-profit group I co-founded in 2016, Preservation Mathews, Inc. We meet weekly and are working on some great ideas for local grassroots preservation. I am also the newly elected Treasurer of The Fairfield Foundation. It is an exciting time for me and I am looking forward to sharing it all with you!