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Old Post Office/Federal Building - Building Plans

Information about the Collection

Located at the corner of Main Street and High Street in downtown Farmville, the Watkins M. Abbitt Federal Building was originally constructed as the Farmville Post Office in 1917. While efforts had been made as early as 1898 to secure a public building in Farmville, it was not until 1913, when a citizen’s committee pressed the matter to Senators John W. Daniel and Thomas S. Martin and Congressman Robert G. Southall; that the necessary appropriations were made to finance the construction. The town of Farmville ceded two parcels of land for the project and construction finally began on November 26, 1917.

In 1962, operations at the Farmville Post Office had outgrown the facilities on Main Street and a new post office was constructed on the corner of Third Street and Virginia Street. At that point, a plan was drafted to consolidate all of the Federal Government offices in Farmville into a single facility. The former post office was remodeled to suit that purpose and reopened as the Federal Building in March 1963. In 1972, the building was named after U.S. Representative Watkins M. Abbitt, who had represented Virginia’s 4th Congressional District for nearly 25 years.


It is unknown when, or by what means, this collection was acquired by the Farmville-Prince Edward County Historical Society.

Scope and Content

This collection, which dates from 1915-1918, 1940, 1945, 1948, and 1962, consists of building plans for the Farmville Post Office, subsequent renovations, and plans for the building remodel for the conversion into the Federal Building.


This collection consists of (26) building plan sheets contained in (2) oversize archival folders.


There are no restrictions to access or use for research purposes.

Contents of the Collection

   Folder 1 of 2:

Lobby and Desk detail, ca. June 1915

Survey of proposed post office lot, January 12, 1916

Building plans, 1940 renovation

Window grilles, drawing SE-R-702

Lock boxes, drawing SE-R-703

Building plans, ca. 1917

     Approach Plan, drawing no. 5

     Basement Plan, drawing no. 6

     First Floor Plan, drawing no. 7

     Mezzanine Plan, drawing no. 8

Proposed alterations to Entrance Steps, drawing no. DE-3-2, 1945

Boiler Replacement Plan drawing no. 27-DE-2-1, 1948

First Floor plan, undated

   Folder 2 of 2:

Elevation details, ca. 1917

Plumbing, Heating, and Lighting Plans, drawing no. PHL-603, 1917

Rock Elevation survey, 1918

Air Conditioning, drawing no. 27-13, 1962

Plumbing and Heating, drawing no. 27-14, 1962

Plumbing, drawing no. 27-15, 1962 (x2)

Mechanical, drawing no. 27-16, 1962 (x2)

Air Conditioning, 1962

     Drawing no. 27-17

     Drawing no. 27-18

     Drawing no. 27-19

Electrical, drawing no. 27-20, 1962

Air Conditioning, 1962 (drawing no. unknown)

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