The hamlet of Appleton is located in the town of Newfane, up in Niagara County in the northwestern corner of the state. This area is filled with miles of rural, scenic farmland and much of its history is rooted in agriculture. The Appleton Post Office was originally established on Hess Road back in 1847. That one stuck around for a bit until they moved operations over to the Hess Road Station by the railroad thirty years later.
It was officially changed to the Appleton Post Office in 1895. That one opened with Dewitt Lindsay serving as Postmaster beginning on February 9th of that year.
I wasn’t able to find out when this current building was erected, but it sure wasn’t 1895. The post office for Appleton is among the more modern, simple grey styles of construction. Unfortunately, on the outside it doesn’t leave much to discuss.
However, inside the lobby it becomes clear that the locals appreciate their history! There’s apple-themed decor around in some spots, which is kind of a neat way to celebrate their hometown pride.
Another indication that they appreciate their roots, is a list of postmasters on the wall. I don’t recall seeing this in a post office before! It’s pretty cool that almost two hundred years later, the postmasters are still honored.