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Located at 107 First Street (back of the old schoolhouse), this post office building was originally located at Mooney and Garnier Post Roads. The mail came from Crestview by way of mule and buggy or to Mary Ester by boat and then overland to Garnier. Some people traveled as far as 28 miles to collect their mail from the postmaster at Garnier Post Office. Mr. Euphrates A. Mooney served as its first postmaster until his death in 1935. Then his wife, Julia, assumed his position and she reportedly would give out mail at any time of the day or night. Rural post offices such as this one were eventually phased out (after 35 years in this case) when postal carriers began delivering mail to homes.
The Garnier Post Office Museum serves to preserve and exhibit items related to the postal history of Camp Walton and Fort Walton from 1918 to1953. The museum includes numerous artifacts such as the 36 mail slot boxes of the polling station for Precinct #19. The boxes on display in the museum show the names of the people who voted here.
The original Garnier Post Office was restored by the Junior Service League of Fort Walton Beach and the City of Fort Walton Beach. In 1988, it was re-opened as an educational museum in conjunction with the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum.It is now owned by the City of Fort Walton Beach and is mainly used for school tours during the school year.
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