Postal village

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A postal village or post-village (p.v., P.V.,[1] PV or p-v) is generally a community, settlement, or hamlet that has a post office and is designated as such by the postal administration. It may be seen as a rural neighbourhood.

This term seems to have been most common in the latter half of the 19th century when it was in common use in maps and gazetteers,[2] The term is generally used for a community within a township (rural region) as opposed to an incorporated village or other municipal government. By establishing a post office in a particular community it receives official recognition, often for the first time, for a name, an important step in the development of any community.

References[edit]

  1. Martin, Joseph. A Comprehensive Description of Virginia and the District of Columbia. J.W. Randolph. Abbreviations. Page 14.
  2. See, for example the 1854, A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States.


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