USPS: Route moves, not Sperryville office

Though the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing up to 2,000 underutilized post offices nationwide to cut costs, none are in Rappahannock County, according to a USPS spokesperson.

Patrick Murphy, communications coordinator for the USPS Northern Virginia District said Monday that a post office in Star Tannery (near Strasburg in Frederick County) is being considered for closure, but that no post offices in Rappahannock are being considered for closure.

The postmaster position at the Sperryville Post Office, vacant since postmaster Susan Rowan retired Dec. 31, “will be filled eventually,” Murphy said. It is “not true” that the office there will be closed, he said.

He said the mail delivery route for Sperryville, however, will be handled out of the post office in the town of Washington, for “operating efficiency” reasons. “There is combining and consolidating of routes in areas where there isn’t a lot of mail volume,” he said. No date has been set as yet for the shifting of the route.

In other respects, the Sperryville facility at 43 Main St. will continue to be a “fully functioning” post office, Murphy said.

A clerk is currently operating the Sperryville post office as an “acting postmaster” until a permanent replacement is named, Murphy said.

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