By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner –
Although the United States Postal Service is in the process of closing many rural post offices, the Baker community is happy to announce the opening of a new post office in their community.
Located at the opposite end of A Corner Mart, the new Baker Post Office boasts an enlarged lobby, clean new floors and counters, central heat and air conditioning, bathroom facilities and a carrier alcove, where letter carriers can put incoming mail they receive on their routes.
“We love it,” said temporary Post Master Lindsay Shanholtz. “There are a lot of new things.”
Shanholtz said the expanded lobby has 44 additional post office boxes and the alcove replaces an outside box for incoming mail. “There were secured relay boxes outside, but now they’re inside,” she said.
The Baker Post Office has been in operation since 1850, when it was established as Baker Run in Virginia. James D. Boone was the first Post Master.