Post office at Walpole, South Bristol, ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


From 1911 until 1919 the post office in Walpole was in this little building in Clarks Cove, at the sharp bend on Clarks Cove Road. The post office was in cousins Albert and Henry Goudy’s store at the upper end of Clarks Cove Road (near the golf course in 2020) before it moved to this location. In 1911, as Henry was nearing 70, he closed the store, requiring the post office to be relocated and a new postmaster named.

The man in the photo was possibly Almon P. Hatch, who was postmaster for eight years. He was a teacher and a member of the school committee as well as the local undertaker.

The first post office for all of Bristol opened in Walpole in 1800. It was at Thomas McClure’s trading post on the Damariscotta River, opposite the Walpole Meeting House. The post office moved from location to location between Walpole and Clarks Cove. For a time Clarks Cove, then called West Bristol, had a separate post office.

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  • Title: Post office at Walpole, South Bristol, ca. 1915
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Location: South Bristol, Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.112906
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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