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Scottsville's Post Office and Postmasters

Scottsville's Post Office, 1915

Name:  Scottsville's Post Office and Postmasters

Date:  ca. 1920

Image Number:  B01CDB12

Comments:  (L to R) U.S. Postmaster Samuel R. Gault and his assistant, Ashby Mayo, stand in front of the Scottsville Post Office located in the Masonic Building at 137 Main Street.   The Masonic Building was built in 1914 and hosted the town's post office on the bottom floor from 1915 until 1964 when the post office moved to its next location on West Main Street.  Sam Gault served as Scottsville's postmaster from 1893 to 1939; he was succeeded by Ashby Mayo in 1939, who retired as postmaster in 1958.

Postmaster Gault was known as Mr. Scottsville for he was always at the center of town activity.   Every summer week night, townspeople would stroll to Scottsville's C&O Depot to watch the No. 11 train arrive from Richmond.  Postmaster Gault would collect the town's mail from the train and take it back to the post office for sorting that evening as townspeople waited.  Gault was not required to open the mail those nights, but he didn't want people to have to wait until the next morning for their mail.  Gault also was Chief Marshall of town parades, an active member of Masonic Lodge No. 45, friend of prominent politicians (Senator Thomas Martin, President Theodore Roosevelt), and owner of a sassafras oil mill on Driver's Hill just to the east of Scottsville.  Gault was born in 1853 in Pennsylvania and passed away in 1939 in Scottsville; he is buried at Scottsville Cemetery.

An official letter, dated 1923, from S.R. Gault, U.S. Postmaster in Scottsville.

Ashby Mayo, standing at the right of Postmaster Gault in this photo enlarge-
ment, was born in Scottsville on July 1, 1894, to Eplem Edgar Mayo (1853-1934) and Virginia (Kidd) Mayo (1861-1924).  He attended Scottsville schools, and he first entered the postal service in Scottsville on September 1, 1912, when Samuel R. Gault was postmaster and the Scottsville post office was located at 358 Valley Street.  During WW I, Mayo served overseas in the U.S. Army as a Corporal, Co. A, 323 Infantry and was discharged on May 30, 1919.  After the war, Mayo served for nine months as a railway postal clerk on the Richmond division and then returned to work as a clerk at the Scottsville Post Office.  He married Pauline Parr on 22 July 1925. 

In his early years as a postal clerk at this post office on Scottsville's Main Street, Mayo could carry all of the out-going mail in one bag to the train depot.  At that time, each of the three rural routes covered about 126 miles.  Randolph Moulton, who grew up in Scottsville, remembers that Jim Brown met the trains at the Scottsville Depot in the late 1930's and transported the mail to the Main Street Post Office. Mr. Odell White was sometimes a worker on the train mail car.  In the 1940's, Rural Free Delivery (RFD) carriers included Pen Thomas, Reeve Nicholas, and John Henry Phillips.  By the 1950's, each of the three rural routes covered 168 miles, and the local mail box patrons in Scottsville grew from 25 to more than 200.  Mayo was appointed Scottsville's Acting Postmaster on 15 November 1939 and its Postmaster on 12 July 1940.  Mayo served as Postmaster of Scottsville Post Office until his retirement on 30 June 1958; he was succeeded as Postmaster by Edward G. Gildersleeve.  Below photo shows Mayo at right handing the cashbook at Scottsville Post Office to Gildersleeve on 30 June 1958.

Edward Gildersleeve and Ashby W. Mayo, 1958

Mayo passed away on October 10, 1967, in Scottsville.  His wife Pauline, born November 16, 1902, passed away in Scottsville on December 3, 1978; she is buried next to her husband, Ashby, at Scottsville Cemetery.

Edward Gildersleeve was a native of Pocohantas, VA, and moved to Charlottesville where he graduated from Lane High School in 1938.  He attended the University of Virginia and served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.   He and his wife, the former Odelle Lewter of Holland, moved to Springfield Farm near Scottsville in 1951.  Gildersleeve was sworn in as acting Scottsvon postmaster on 30 June 1958 and as its Postmaster on 21 September 1959.  Gildersleeve retired from the position of Scottsville Postmaster in February 1979.

Officer-in-Charge, Barbara Brochu

In the 2005 photo above, Barbara Brochu had been greeting customers to Scottsville Post Office and helping them with their postal needs for 19 years.  Barbara started her postal career in Charlottesville as a 'casual employee', without benefits before taking the Postal Service exam and coming to work in the Scottsville P.O.  Barbara believes in "treating people the way I would want to be treated", an attitude which has earned her the community's affection and respect.  On 11 May 2011, Barbara was appointed Officer-In-Charge of Scottsville Post Office, and she served in that role until 09 July 2012.  Barbara continued working at Scottsville P.O., and she and her husband, Joe Brochu, reside at Holly Hill in Esmont, Virginia.

Other Scottsville Post Office locations from 1884-1917

Scottsille Post Office, 1884-1914 Post Office at 358 Valley Street (right behind the horse and tree), 1884-1914.  This building was built in 1840 and served as an inn during canal days in Scottsville until the U.S. Postal System rented it in 1884 to serve as the town post office.

Scottsville Post Office, 200 West Main Street The Scottsville Post Office at 200 West Main Street, 1964-2008

Scottsville P.O. at the Scottsville Shopping Center, 2008  to present Scottsville Post Office, 110 Scottsville Rd., Scottsville Shopping Center.  This building has served as the town's post office since January 10, 2008.

Postmasters in Scotts Landing aka Scottsville, Albemarle County, VA,

This post office was originally established as Scotts Ferry Post Office on April 29, 1814.  Its name was changed to Scottsville Post Office on October 4, 1850.

Name Title Date Appointed
Samuel Dyer Postmaster 04/29/1814
Benjamin M. Perkins* Postmaster 01/01/1815
James L. Jefferson Postmaster 08/01/1817
Benjamin M. Perkins Postmaster 02/01/1819
Edwin H. Jordan Postmaster 06/25/1841
Peter C. Hogg Postmaster 11/12/1844
Peter C. Hoge Postmaster 10/04/1850
William A. Hart Postmaster 07/15/1851
John L. Brady Postmaster 04/14/1853
William C. Page Postmaster 08/09/1865>
George W. Dillard Postmaster 12/13/1870
Miletus B. Harris Postmaster 06/25/1872
Henry G. Harris Postmaster 01/07/1880
George W. Dillard Postmaster 02/01/1882
Henry G. Harris Postmaster 05/22/1885
Mifflin B. Gault Postmaster 06/20/1889
James F. Gault Postmaster 02/23/1892
Samuel R. Gault Postmaster 03/30/1893
Ashby W. Mayo Acting Postmaster 11/15/1939
Ashby W. Mayo Postmaster 07/12/1940
Edward G. Gildersleeve Acting Postmaster 06/30/1958
Edward G. Gildersleeve Postmaster 09/21/1959
Calvin V. Moyer Officer-In-Charge 02/23/1979
David L. Lea, Jr. Postmaster 08/11/1979
Tracy D. Murry Officer-In-Charge 12/31/2002
Gerald A. Payne Officer-In-Charge 03/26/2003
Tracy D. Murry Postmaster 05/17/2003
Ralph B. Seay Officer-In-Charge 04/26/2005
Ralph B. Seay Postmaster 08/20/2005
Michael L. Altman Officer-Iin-Charge 06/04/2010
Barbara Brochu Officer-In-Charge 05/11/2011
Nancy G. Barker Officer-In-Charge 07/09/2012
Michael L. Altman Postmaster 01/12/2013
Milton E. Nappier Postmaster 07/11/2015

*Benjamin M. Perkins submitted his first financial return on January 1, 1815;
his appointment date is unavailable.

Source:  United States Postal Service (

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Top Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDB12

Second Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDRM05

Third Image is a cropped version of B01CDB12 Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDB12

Fourth Image Located On:  
Newspapers_ScottsvilleHistorical/ScottsvilleSunNewspapers/July3_1958.    This image appeared in the Scottsville Sun,Thursday, July 3, 1958, Scottsville, Virginia (Vol. 7 - No. 27, p. 1)

Fifth Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CDB3

Sixth Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CGCD2016

Seventh Image Located On:  Capturing Our Heritage, CGCD2016



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