Indian Lake Elementary students visit Orchard Island Post Office


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Students check out a vintage automobile outside the Orchard Island Post Office during their tour of Logan County historical sites.


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Third graders Tylor Shinkle and Collin Seymour check out the scales and stamp cancelling machine on display inside the Orchard Island Post Office.


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Indian Lake Historical Society President John Coleman helps third grader Jace Harpst operate the stamp cancelling machine on display at the Orchard Island Post Office.


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Orchard Island Post Office Restoration Chairman Charlie Strete shows students a vintage money order machine on display at the Orchard Island Post Office.


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Indian Lake Elementary students got a glimpse of the post office’s past for the first time during their annual field trip to historical Logan County sites.

Third grade students recently made a stop at the newly restored Orchard Island Post Office on Indian Lake.

Indian Lake Historical Society members explained how the post office was used to serve residents and visitors to the region more than 100 years ago and shared the significance of the vintage postal machines on display.

Orchard Island Post Office Restoration Chairman Charlie Strete said, “A lot of Indian Lake history is gone now. There are very few pieces left. So it’s important to be able to share what is still here and encourage our children to carry it on.”

The students were able to weigh packages, use the old stamp cancelling device, touch the money order machine and slide envelopes into the old mailboxes. They also got to sit inside a vintage Model T outside the post office that is from the same period in history.

The Orchard Island Post Office was in operation on the nearby Wickers Hotel property from 1912 to 1926. In 2016, the Indian Lake Historical Society completed a restoration project and moved the building to what is now named “Post Office Island” between Orchard Island and Wolf Island.

Students each got to take with them a picture of the post office and a cancelled stamp from the time period.

Other stops on the Logan County Historical Sites third grade field trip included the Orr Mansion, Campbell Hill, Flatwood School, Zane Cabin and more.

Students check out a vintage automobile outside the Orchard Island Post Office during their tour of Logan County historical sites.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/05/web1_StudentsCheck-1.jpgStudents check out a vintage automobile outside the Orchard Island Post Office during their tour of Logan County historical sites. Submitted photos

Third graders Tylor Shinkle and Collin Seymour check out the scales and stamp cancelling machine on display inside the Orchard Island Post Office.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/05/web1_ThirdGraders-1.jpgThird graders Tylor Shinkle and Collin Seymour check out the scales and stamp cancelling machine on display inside the Orchard Island Post Office. Submitted photos

Indian Lake Historical Society President John Coleman helps third grader Jace Harpst operate the stamp cancelling machine on display at the Orchard Island Post Office.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/05/web1_IndianLake-1.jpgIndian Lake Historical Society President John Coleman helps third grader Jace Harpst operate the stamp cancelling machine on display at the Orchard Island Post Office. Submitted photos

Orchard Island Post Office Restoration Chairman Charlie Strete shows students a vintage money order machine on display at the Orchard Island Post Office.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/05/web1_OrchardIsland-1.jpgOrchard Island Post Office Restoration Chairman Charlie Strete shows students a vintage money order machine on display at the Orchard Island Post Office. Submitted photos

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Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.

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