Today Chapel Hillians take for granted six days a week of home mail delivery and several convenient post offices where wait time to buy stamps or mail a package rarely exceeds a few minutes. When I was a young boy in the 1950s I became friends with two old time Chapel Hill postmen who often recounted stories of how different mail service was when they were young men. In this article I will describe the absolute bedlam one use to have to go through to receive mail in Chapel Hill as well as the history of the construction of the downtown post office.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.