Old post office nears 100 years

Celebration set to commemorate groundbreaking
Oct 9, 2013

The Wilson County Election Commission will soon celebrate the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of Lebanon’s “old federal post office.”

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett will speak at the Oct. 30 event, where he will also present a legislative proclamation in honor of the milestone.

“I think it’ll be a big event,” said Phillip Warren, administrator of elections for the Wilson County Election Commission. “This is really something for Wilson County to celebrate.”

Officials broke ground on the building, located at 203 E. Main St., on Oct. 30, 1913. From 1915 through 1964, the building housed the U.S. Post Office, and since then it has housed a school, government offices, storages facilities and its current occupant, the Wilson County Election Commission.

Warren praised the fact that the historic building is still in use.

“I think it’s a testament to the future and the character of the county and city,” said Warren.

He said the event will also include tours and refreshments, and a commemorative book about the building and its history will be available for sale.

The book, a collaborative project between the election commission and Historic Lebanon Tomorrow, includes photos and tales that tell the story of the building and its occupants through the years.

Warren said sources for the stories and photos included the U.S. Postal Service, the National Archives, local and state archives as well as individuals whose family members worked in the building.

He said about a thousand copies would be printed, and he suggested they would be ideal as Christmas gifts.

The book costs $20, and proceeds benefit Historic Lebanon Tomorrow.

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