Post Office

Note: the HP Post Office is NO LONGER in use as a US Post Office.  The building has been rented for the summers of 2014 and 2015 by the Crabtree Neck Land Trust.

Updates regarding the Post Office will be posted here when available.


HISTORICAL NOTES:

In 2002 the Ellsworth American printed a story about the HP Post Office and interviewed one of our beloved Post Mistresses [reprinted below]:

A Post Office (sort of) for The Point

Near Hancock Point, along Post Office Road, sits a small booth of a building. It is sort of a postage-stamp-sized post office and, in fact, isn’t even a true post office.

For four hours a day, Daphne Crocker sits in the single room. She was hired by the Hancock Point Village Improvement Society four summers ago when the Hancock postmaster decided to reduce service at Hancock Point.

With classical music on the radio wafting out the screen doors, Crocker handles a few basic postal operations. She sells stamps and accepts letters and post cards. She sorts mail for the handful of Hancock Point residents who like the tradition of receiving mail in post office boxes. At day’s end (3:30 p.m., in her case), she drives her stack of letters up to the real Hancock post office on Route 1.

She also is the one Hancock Point residents turn to when they want to know what’s going on.

“I’m supposed to know everything about what goes on here,” Crocker says, slightly embarrassed at the thought. “That makes me the chief gossip-monger.

“I don’t particularly want to be known for that, but I suppose I am. Because I do know a lot.”

Crocker even knows the history of the small post office. As someone who has spent all her 54 summers at Hancock Point, she should be well-versed in that. She moved to Hancock Point year-round in 1994.

Once, the post office was connected with a general store, she said. “I remember getting ice cream there as a child,” she added.

Then she backed up to clarify her gossip-monger status, not sure of the lingering impression she may have left.

“I’d say the gossip is who’s here and who’s not here. Nothing juicy or anything.

“It’s actually things like knowing when the next memorial service is. We have had two, so far, this year. We have one next week, and another in August.

“We have lost five so far, unfortunately.”

Four years ago, Hancock Point nearly lost its post office services. When the Society took over the small building, Crocker was hired to handle the mail and …well…  greet and gossip.

“That’s why I got the job,” she said. “Because I know everyone.”

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