Jul 10, 2006

Perryman Post Office

The history of Harford County over the last 50 years can be summed up in two words: tract housing. And that isn't going to change any time soon. The people who've moved here are hard working, well meaning, and busy - very busy. Thus it's no wonder that a lot of the local history has fallen under the developer's bulldozer. Still, I think we all, no matter how busy, owe it to ourselves and our children to take a deep breath, as we wait for the next great onslaught of suburbanites, and think about what in this county is worth saving. And if you don't have time for a drive, you can see it here at Falmanac, from the comfort of your own high speed internet connection. Falmanac isn't planning any crusades, mind you, but we do have an eye for the unique and the old, and we hope we aren't on some sort of historical salvage mission - though recent county history tells us that we are.
Nevertheless, we can't mourn the loss of what we didn't know existed, which brings us to today's subject: The Perryman Post Office. This little building was built in 1914 and still functions today under the auspices of the United States Postal Service. I don't know how to describe how this structure makes me feel other than the fact that I like it. I think other people like it too, but I also think that a lot of people aren't even aware of it, tucked away on Michaelsville road like it is. Is it in imminent danger? No, but it is in Harford County where the cash is cold and the indifference deafening.