Williamsville Post Office Re-Opens In New Location
Williamsville, Va – A happy celebration was held in Williamsville on Friday afternoon October 29. The new location of the Williamsville Post Office officially opened with a ribbon cutting and ceremony. It seemed that the Williamsville Post Office might close when the building owner at the previous location chose not to renew the lease with the Postal Service. Pam Webb of Burnsville organized a group called Concerned Citizens to Save the Williamsville Post Office.
“We made all of the effort in the world to keep it and luckily all of our efforts worked” says Webb. “We stood together and we got the job done.”
It’s been almost two years since Webb learned that the lease on the post office was not going to be renewed. She worked with the concerned citizens to find a new location. They wrote letters, made phone calls, worked with postal officials and with congressmen. LaDonna Smith is the Officer in Charge at the Williamsville Post Office.
“I don’t think there’s too many communities you could find as awesome as this community” she says. “There’s talent here, from every direction talented people stepped up and did the work and here we are.”
The Williamsville Post Office’s new location is in the Bath Highland Volunteer Fire Department Building. Jerry Rexrode, a Highland County supervisor, served on the Concerned Citizens committee. He says with the community support behind it, it was a project that just had to happen. Bath County supervisor Stuart Hall also served on the concerned citizens committee
“It’s the community’s identity, it means everything to them” he says.
The committee worked hard to finalize a new lease and build an addition onto the fire department to house the post office. The addition was completed in about two and a half months.
“The land was donated by a family in town, the money by the community center and the fire department, the labor from all the people in the area” says Hall “it’s just a tremendous community effort.”
About 50 people attended the ceremony and ribbon cutting. The Williamsville Post Office opened for business at its new location June first.