Swope did not
mention the Post office that was located in the home of which ever
Alderson lived at "Westview, which is the large old home in the grove of
large trees just to the east of Rt. 12 across from the City National Bank
and Gadd's IGA Grocery. It is owned now by Karen Lobban, who inherited it
from her father Earl Flint. It has had several owners including Blanche
Lobban who lived there for most of the time when we were growing up.
When Earl and Marge Flint owned the house both of them showed and told me
that a small room just inside the front door and in the original part of
the house, was the post office at one time.
It is my understanding from Dr. Earl Berkley that the original site of
"Palestine" was the area across from the Baptist Church on North Monroe
Street and was established as a center for fur-trading and only later was
it moved to the mill area at Palestine. I don't recall if Berkley had an
explanation as to why it was moved or if he had any facts to base his
Mark McCallister told me he had found a (Palestine, Va.) sign inside his
house at Palestine! Perhaps indicating his home was the site of the PO.
Dr. Berkley was an interesting man, although he, like many scholarly types
could be very boring after an hour or so on the same subject.