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Eight to 10 people attended the first work sessions, and that number doubled as time went on, she said.
The first step was to release the building from years’ worth of vines, trees, massive shrubs and other growth. It took several people two long days to do it, Wells said. One man hauled all the cuttings away to his property to burn them.
“When we got all the trees [down], we thought, ‘Oh, look how pretty she is,’” Wells said.
Community support kept the project going, Wells said: “When we needed money it just appeared.”
“We’d be working and somebody would come up and give us a $20 bill,” Aaron said. “People donated stuff that I can’t put a price on: lumber, labor.”
In August, Aaron established the 501(c)3 corporation Old Callands Post Office Inc. to manage finances.
Along with donations came fundraisers. Sales of caps, T-shirts and visors pulled in $3,000, and a yard sale raised $2,000, Aaron said.
Walls were pressure-washed, which removed some of the old chipping paint, and people scraped the rest by hand, Wells said. “We primed it two or three times depending on the location of the boards.”
A man whose property had an old store from the same era gave them wall board to replace the areas of the post office’s walls that were beyond saving, Wells said.