"The Perot Post Office" # 7 Perot Post Office Tip by starship
# 7 Perot Post Office, Hamilton: 2 reviews and 7 photos
One of the most charming, historic buildings we saw while visiting Hamilton was the Perot Post Office located on Queen Street, just near Par-la-Ville Park. This 2-story British Colonial building easily stands out on the street because it is painted a brilliant white, with 8 over 8 pane windows on the ground level and 6 over 6 pane windows on the 2nd level, all framed by black shutters. It also has a beautiful transom over the front door.
This still-working post office is a real gem. The inside is even better than the outside with period furnishings and customer accommodations very much as they were when William Bennet Perot was named Hamilton?s postmaster and ran the establishment from 1818 to 1862.
Perot issued the first stamps in Bermuda, although the idea is thought to have originated with his close friend, James Bell Heyl. Can you imagine that the original cost of a stamp during this period of time was only a penny? As Perot spent more time in his garden, now Par-la-Ville Park, than in his post office he provided a box where customers could drop their mail and pennies. It is said that Perot delivered all mail by hand himself.
When I entered to mail some postcards, the one postal clerk was preoccupied with another task so she advised me just to leave the cards I had to be mailed at one of the antique counters. I would have liked to stay longer just to absorb the historic surroundings of the post office, but of course, that might not have been appreciated.
The post office is open Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm. It also sells transport passes and tokens as well as stamps! Rather than rather reading about the Perot Post Office on some less than friendly websites, see this place for yourself.
Address: 11 Queen's Street, Hamilton ~ Pembroke Parish
Phone: +1 441-292-9052
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