America’s smallest post office. I pass by this every time I go on US 41 from Naples, Florida to Miami, Florida to visit my parents.
One day I stopped and took some pictures. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open that day because it was a weekend but I still got some nice photos.
Considered to be the smallest post office in the United States, this building was formerly an irrigation pipe shed belonging to the J.T. Gaunt Company tomato farm. It was hurriedly pressed into service by postmaster Sidney Brown after a disastrous night fire in 1953 burned Ochopee’s general store and post office. The present structure has been in continuous use ever since-as both a post office and ticket station for Trailways bus lines-and still services residents in a three-county area, including deliveries to Seminole and Miccosukee Indians living in the region. Daily business often includes requests from tourists and stamp collectors the world over for the famed Ochopee post mark. The property was acquired by the Wooten Family in 1992.
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LOL! Extremely cute and cool.
Hey, I get my mail from there when I’m at my cabin in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Evelyn Shealy was the Post Mistress for many years before she passed. A lovely woman with a kind heart, Evelyn always wore an open smile and graciously posed for tourists taking photos. Her son, Dave Shealy, proclaims that as a young boy he and his older brother actually saw and could smell the elusive Skunk Ape. Dave now heads the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters at his Trail Lakes Campground in Ochopee, Florida. Pronounced “oh-CHOP-pee,” that’s CHOP as in “to chop wood.”
I love the hours