The history of Cobb's Tavern as a United States Post Office begins with the appointment of Jonathan Cobb as Postmaster of East Sharon in 1819.
The Post Office was established at the Tavern July l of that year according to the History of Norfolk County (Vol.l), which then adds that on June 3, 1841, the name of the office at Cobb's Tavern was changed to East Sharon. Two old signs, one reading "Post Office", the other "East Sharon", are still in the Tavern.
Jeremiah Gould, in his "Annals of Sharon, Mass.", published in 1830, says "Cobb's Tavern .... was the Post Office to which the daily mail was brought by stage over the Boston to Taunton Turnpike. Once a week the mail was sent from here to the center of the town." Gould later amplifles this by saying: "A mail is carried over the road....every day, which is opened at the office situated at the northeast corner of the town (Cobb's); and a cross mall is carried once a week through the middle of the town and opened at the Centre office." Sharon had 1000 residents ln 1819, when the Post Office was established.
The Post Office Department might frown at the suggestion of a combined barroom and Post Office today, but in earlier times every local Tavern was a common meeting place, and was the logical place for the mail for that reason as well as for the more obvious one - it was the stopping-place for the stage coach that carried the mail sack. The Boston Globe of Sunday, Aug. 6, 1905, in an article concerning the Tavern, contributed something to the record of its term as a Post Office.
"Among the historic roadside inns in New England", said the Globe, "none have a more interesting history than has Cobb's Tavern in East Sharon .... In 1819 Jonathan Cobb was appointed Postmaster for Sharon, the mail at that time being brought to his office in stage coaches. In the distribution of the mail among the people of the town the school children were each given letters to deliver on their way to school. This system of delivery was continued until the establishment of a Post Office at Sharon Center.
"After the death of Jonathan Cobb, his youngest son Warren Cobb was appointed to succeed his father as Postmaster at East Sharon in 1841, The latter died in 1895, since which time the Post Office at East Sharon has been abolished and the tavern closed to the publlc."
An obituary published on the day following warren Cobb's death stated that he was the third oldest Postmaster in the United States at the time of his death (he was 74). He had been appointed by President Andrew Jackson.Skip to Page...
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