What we had discovered is a
real post office. Thanks to James A. Quinn we know a little
about it, but what is it doing
way out here?
Quinn tells us:
Historic Gwynedd Post Office has been in existence since
1810. At that time, it was one of only 35 in the entire
state of Pennsylvania.
The second post master was David Acuff, owner and host of
Acuff's Tavern which is now the William Penn Inn.
From 1835 when Charles, son of Edward the first
postmaster, took over the office, it was in the Jenkins
Country Store with members of the family succeeding each
other as postmasters until 1914. In the old account books
kept during the years 1841 to 1851 (still in the office
archives), there are 71 different names listed as paying
patrons. Since this was before postage stamps, each item
mailed was paid for in cash according to weight and
distance. The books show charges of from $0.03 to $0.37 and
the most distant points listed are places in Ohio,
Rochester, N.Y., and England.
In 1914, the Post Office was moved to the grounds of
Gwynedd Friends Meeting. It was financed by donations from
community residents until July, 1957 when the U.S. Post
Office Department began rent payments of $26.00 per month
which barely covered expenses of building upkeep.
In 1955 the tiny structure was moved across Route 202 to
the site on Meeting House Road just in front of the new
building, still on ground belonging to the Friends.
The last bit information on the location was
from 60 years ago. At some point the building was moved
again to its present location. The intersection of Meeting
House Road and Route 202 was moved several years ago during
the construction of the 202 Bypass. I would guess that at
that time they moved it (back) across 202 and squirreled it
away on the church property.