Post Office Boxes from East River Post Office
Curatorial DescriptionLarge wooden cabinet/counter space for post office boxes and money orders at the East River Post Office.
From before 1871 to 1959, Madison's East River District had its own post office in a small, red building on the Post Road. When the building was sold for reuse as a real estate office, the Society acquired this grand reminder of times past. On its back side--where, for instance, postmaster Ichabod Lee Scranton, Jr. worked in the 1870s--the boxes are still labeled with the names of East River residents. This unique fragment of a once-popular community hub is about 10 feet wide and 6 feet tall. Following its use as a real estate office, the building itself was moved to another location for use as a private residence. Updated and expanded in the twenty-first century, it still remains on the Boston Post Road not far from its original location.