Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia
Publication No. 17 - 1973
WHITEFORGE POST OFFICE
By Omer C.
On October 23, 1884, George B. White
made application to the Post Office Department for a post office to be
established five miles east of Estillville (now Gate City) in Moccasin
In his application, Mr. White was
asked to give the following information as to location and direction:
The proposed post office will be
situated in the County of Scott, State of Virginia, on route No. 11334
(now Highway No. 71) being the route from Estillville to Nickelsville,
on which the mail is to be carried two times per week. The contractor is
R. D. Hill. The next contractor is Drury S. Godsey, who was also the
postmaster at Big Branch, the nearest Post Office to the proposed one on
the same route, a distance of four miles in a northeast direction. The
name of the nearest post office on the same route on the other side is
Estillville. Its distance is five miles in a southwest direction from
the proposed post office. The name of the nearest post office not on the
same route is Wayland, a distance of five miles in a northwest direction
to the proposed post office.
The name of the most prominent river
nearest the proposed post office is the Holston River. The proposed post
office will be 9 miles from said river, on the north side of it. The
nearest creek is Big Moccasin Creek. The proposed post office will be
one mile from said creek, on the south side of it.
The name of the nearest railroad is
the Virginia-Tennessee Railroad. The proposed post office will not be
near the railroad.
Mr. White was asked by the Post Office
Department to select a short name for the proposed post office which,
when written will not resemble the name of any other post office in the
United States. The name chosen was Whiteforge. The name was taken from
White's Forge, the iron works on Big Moccasin Creek.
C. M. Carter, Postmaster at
Estillville, certified on the 10th day of November 1884, that he had
examined the foregoing statement, and that it is correct and true to the
best of my knowledge and belief.
Whiteforge Post Office began operation
on January 28, 1885.
George B. White was the first
postmaster. He was appointed March 28, 1885.
Martin Godsey was the second
postmaster. He was appointed March 12, 1895.
Mary L. White was the third and last
postmaster. She was appointed May 23, 1905. Mrs. White served until
January 15, 1907, when it was discontinued, and its mail sent to
The post office was located at the home of George B.
White, now the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Meade. Mr. Meade is the
grandson of George B. White, and the great-grandson of Dr. William B.
White, the founder of the iron works at White's Forge.