Project 1: Moving and Restoring the Old Post Office/Store
The history of the Glade Post Office and Store are described in the history section. The Society's first major project was to move and restore the old post office building from Pea Ridge back to the Glade Community. This page describes progress to date.
Step 1. Obtaining the land.
Mrs. Doris Briley donated land next to Coal Gap School to return the Post Office/Store. She and her husband lived at Glade’s Beaver Lake close to the school for many years. The new location is about a mile from the original location, which now lies under Beaver Lake.
When the paperwork was completed, the site was cleared by Herb and Stan Williams and other workers who volunteered much of their labor. Mr. Gene Buescher volunteered the surveying and Mr. Ronnie Smith did the final clearing with his dozer. Mr. Mark Saratt and his workers leveled the land and set the foundation for the return of the store.
Step 2. Saving the foundation.
The foundation stones have been underwater since the post office was moved more than 50 years ago. In 2011, the lake was low and winter was approaching, so permission was sought to remove the old foundation stones that had been underwater for many years. With rising water, they could have been unavailable for many years in the future, so Will Markey, Herb Williams, Stan Williams and Sam Reynolds facilitated the move. They continued to work until all of the stone foundations were moved to the donated land..
Step 3. Moving the foundation.
The foundation stones were moved from Beaver Lake and unloaded at the site
Step 4. Clearing the land.
There were many trees to be cut down to clear a place for the Post Office/Store building..
The site was cleared by Herb and Stan Williams and other workers who volunteered their labor.
The photo to the left shows Mark Saratt, Larry Hanner, and Sam Reynolds discussing the clearing proces on July 28, 2013.
Mr. Gene Buescher volunteered the surveying, and Mr. Ronnie Smith did the final clearing with his dozer. Mr. Mark Saratt and his workers leveled the land and set the foundation for the return of the store.
It took more than a week of hot, hard work, but many people helped to accomplish the task. Thank goodness for volunteers!
The volunteers cut trees, cleared and leveled the ground, prepared concrete footers, and brought in clay for the building entrance and exit.
Coal Gap School is privately-owned and sits to the left of the place where the Post Office/School will be located.
The white truck is on Slate Gap Road, and Coal Gap School (not shown) is to the left of the place where where the Post Office building will be returned. Stan Williams planted grass so the soil would stay in place until the move.
Step 5. Moving the building.
On July 14, 2014, the Glade Post Office/Store was moved from its location in Pea Ridge to its new home in Glade.
It has been returned to its original community. Joint efforts of the Benton County Historical Preservation Commission and Glade Community Historical Society are working together to preserve the building.
The Glade Post Office/Store now resides in its new home. The address is 20659 Slate Gap Road.
To see photos of the Post Office/Store in its new location, go to Photos on the top line menu or just click here.