Former Lakefield Post Office 100th Anniversary
Saturday, August 9 marks the 100th Anniversary of the former Post Office in Lakefield. To recognize the 100th Anniversary, there will be a brief ceremony celebrating the heritage designation of this building and its historical significance to the Village of Lakefield. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, August 9 during the Lakefield Sidewalk Sale, hosted by the Lakefield Herald and Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
This event is an opportunity to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the building and its heritage designation. Speaking at the event will be Peterborough M.P. Dean Del Mastro, County of Peterborough Warden J. Murray Jones and Township of Selwyn Mayor Mary Smith. Representatives of the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police (current tenants of the building) will be in attendance along with former employees of the Lakefield Post Office. Peterborough M.P.P. Jeff Leal sends a scroll to celebrate the building’s heritage designation and his regrets that he cannot attend the event due to a prior commitment. Concluding the event will be first toll of the noon bell since 2000 by the Lakefield clock tower.
The former Lakefield Post Office building serves as a significant historical landmark in the Village of Lakefield and is a fine example of early 20th century public architecture. Plans for the building began in 1912 when the lot was purchased by the federal government. Construction took place over the next two years which can be seen on the date marker on the Queen Street façade. Interior finishes were completed and the Lakefield Post Office moved here in 1916, where it served the community for 60 years. Postmaster William Casement was also important to the history of Lakefield and served as Postmaster from 1875 until his death in 1938 – a remarkable 63 years, with over 20 years at this location.
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