We were looking for Love, in all the right places. Still it was no where to be found. According to a friendly stranger, Love is now a crumpled heap on the ground, barely visible unless you know where to look for it. The Love post office, that is.
Dirt Man and I took a road trip this past weekend. We decided to take the long scenic route. It has been my hope for a while to go to Love, Virginia and take a picture of the tiny little post office that was known for receiving a magnitude of mail at Valentines to have a LOVE post mark before being delivered. We traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway, exiting at milepost 16 in Nelson County. We headed into Love’s Gap and then Love Mountain.
My error was that I had mistaken the building for the post office at Vesuvius, Virginia and thought the building was still standing. Dirt Man knew where Love’s Gap was located and had a good inclination as to where the post office should be located. We didn’t see it on the roadside so we turned on a road headed up a hill. This led us to some sort of resort with a country store, cabin rentals, and a place where concerts and weddings are held. We were disappointed not to see the post office.
At first we thought maybe it had been relocated inside the country store. Lucky for us, a man was walking across the grounds to the store while we were turning around. I rolled down my window and asked if he could direct us to the post office, and he explained the demise of the building. I suppose the government couldn’t afford to keep an office open for such a small community, and a nearby town was appointed to take over Love’s mailing system. I was happy that this gentleman did tell me of someone I can contact to obtain a picture of the old post office. Even though there is no post office in this community, Love remains.