Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

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Davenport VA Post Office

We’re in Buchanan County and, once again, in a community that was named after the first postmaster.  According to R.M. Hanson’s “Virginia Placenames, Derivations, Historic Uses” (1969, McClure Printing Co.), a William Davenport was appointed postmaster here around 1885.  This is on Hwy 80, the Helen Henderson Highway.  She was a politician, was Ms. Henderson.
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Nora VA Post Office

According to R.M. Hanson’s “Virginia Place Names, Derivations, Historical Uses” (1969 McClure Printing Company), Nora Dorton was the first postmistress.  The author goes on to note that Nora was originally named Mouth of Open Fork of McClure River (that’s a mouthful!) and was the earliest Dickenson County seat.  It later was called Ervinton.  Here’s the Post Office:

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