THE CAROLINA HAYRIDE
Mr. Hank Futch will be on stage for our monthly Carolina Hayride! Featuring....SPECIAL GUESTS
May 16, 2021
Jazz Night Starring After dark
Music, drinks, and a whole lotta fun! Admission is free for members, $20 for nonmembers and guests
May 27, 2021
Southeastern Bluegrass Association Show
The South Eastern Blue Grass Association hosts its monthly Bluegrass concerts at The Grand Old Post Office. Doors open at 4:00 PM, featured bands go on at 6:00 PM Admission is $10 for nonmembers, $7 for members, $5 for students, FREE for kids
June 5, 2021
BECOME A MEMBER
Your commitment as a member will also help defray expenses necessary to maintain and operate The Grand Old Post Office for generations to come. Membership allows you & your immediate family access.
As Darlington and the needs of its people grew dramatically in the late 1800s to early 1900, the town needed a more substantial post office that would better serve the size of the town.
Once the government approved the project of a new post office, advertisements for land sites were sent out in the local newsletters. Ida Jeffords wrote a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department in June of 1908 proposing her plot of land on pearl street for $2,500.
The government purchased the plot in November of 1909 from her for $1,500. Plans for the new building arrived in June of 1911 and were approved by the Darlington Postmaster S.C. King. The U.S. Government called for bids for the construction of the building in February of 1912.
In May of 1912 construction started on the new building for a price of $50,000. The people of Darlington were overjoyed about the construction of the new building.
The Post Office opened its doors in 1912. During this year the mail delivery service began. The building served the Darlington community from 1912 to 2001. Since then the building has sat vacant for most years.
In an effort to save this building, we purchased it in 2019. The Grand Old Post Office will now be a fully restored building that will allow future generations to appreciate the rich history of the City of Darlington.