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Stewart County Historical Markers

First Post Office Site


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: First Post Office Site
  • Location: Two blocks north of U.S. 280 at the western edge of the main street through downtown Richland

FIRST POST OFFICE SITE

On this corner, in a long building, was Richland’s first post office and a shoe shop. John Audulph, son of Henry Audulph, first settler, was appointed postmaster of Chisholm, Apr. 16, 1839. Six months later, Nov. 26, 1839, Chisholm became Richland, named for the nearby Baptist Church, and John Audulph continued as postmaster. Across the street, Henry Audulph had built a two-story log house. Later owned by the Richard J. Snelling family, it was used as an inn at this stagecoach crossroads. The present city park was enclosed by a high fence and used by the Audulphs as a corral for oxen, cattle and deer. A general store was on the NE corner from 1830 to 1956.

128-11 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956