Post Office

  • On October 6, 1832, Bolton became the site of the first Post Office in Albion Township
  • The post office was named ‘ALBION’ and it continued with the name ‘ALBION’ for the next 60 years
  • George Bolton was appointed Postmaster which required him to provide premises for the post office which he did by housing it within his newly built log store
  • Two letters sent to James Bolton from England, one dated in 1833 and the other in 1834, have been preserved.  The folded letters were sealed with wax.
  • The letters’ four-month journeys from Suffolk England to Albion are chronicled by various postmarks including Quebec, York and Newmarket 
  • From the 1830s until 1878, George Taylor delivered mail throughout Albion, first on foot, then on horseback and later by ‘stage’.  The 1851 census records him as a farmer (Lot 10, Conc 5, Albion) and mail driver
  • In 1892, postmaster Samuel Snell was finally successful in petitioning the Federal Government to change the Post Office name to BOLTON
  • The existing post office in Bolton was built in 1962 to a Canada Post 1200 Plan

LetterS to James Bolton

This 1833 letter to James Bolton, sealed with red wax, was written on February 10th and reached Quebec on April 27th  where is was postmarked.