Old Rock Camp Post Office to come down

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 20, 2003

Leaning noticeably towards the road, the old Rock Camp Post Office building will soon be gone, closing the door on more than 100 years of history.

Old products and posters line the walls inside the collapsing two-story structure on County Road 6 (Deering-Bald Knob Road), a testament to the rich past this building has stood through.

Established some time in the 1800s, most likely before 1850, the old two-story post office shared space with the C.C. Brammer General Merchandise store.

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Owned jointly by William Brammer and his mother, descendants of the original postmaster, the building is being torn down as a safety precaution because it has continued to deteriorate over the years, said current Rock Camp Postmaster Daisy Brammer.

Most of the roof has been removed, but the sign out front still reminds visitors of times gone by.

Robert C. Brammer, the great-great-great-grandfather of William, was the office's first postmaster, Ironton Postmaster Kathleen Patrick said.

All postmasters were political appointments until 1970. Daisy Brammer was the first non-appointed postmaster at the office, Patrick said.

The old post office closed in 1974 moving a few hundred yards down the road to its new location that still serves Rock Camp residents today.

One of several small, country post offices, the Rock Camp branch does not deliver mail but does offer other services such as a mail drop off and post office boxes, Patrick said.

The Brammers declined to make any further comment.