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June 2, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mystery: Dunn’s Chapel near Tucker

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Buckingham County Postal Routes, 1896

Virginia in Maps – Four Centuries of Settlement, Growth, and Development

By Richard W. Stephenson and Marianne M. McKee, eds. (The Library of Virginia, 2000).


Slate River Ramblings reader Brian Tapscott responded to a recent post about Dunn’s Chapel, locating it near the Post Office at Tucker in northeastern Buckingham County.

The post office at Tucker was active for about twenty years. On June 7, 1890, Ida M. Baber was named postmistress.  Years later, on June 16, 1919, Addie Baber failed to qualify for the job and, after December 31, 1919, the mail that had once gone to Tucker’s was sent to Diana Mills.

Click on the map above to enlarge the image.  Notice Tucker just north of Diana Mills.

Did the Baber family operate a store at Tucker?

Coming next: Tucker School


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  1. Jeremy Winfrey / Jun 3 2014 10:11 pm

    I wonder if the old crumbling home by the Baber cemetery on Sharps Creek Rd housed the post office for a while. I know it was a store in the early to mid 20th century. The remnants of the store counters and shelves are still downstairs. This was all Baber property in the 19th century.I have always associated this home with Joseph W Baber, whose wife was the before mentioned Ida M Baber. By 1920, Ida was widowed and had relocated to Scottsville, then to Richmond by 1930.

    Although the Tucker PO may have started off at the Moseley home, it was probably a separate structure on the property, probably with some sort of store. Of note, some descendants of the Norvells , who lived adjacent to this property, seem to believe they had some connection to a store and/or a mill on Sharps Creek, but not necessarily Diana Mills). The road leading from Centenary and present day 652 to 622 was heavily traveled in that era. A store and post office would seem logical along Sharps Creek.

    As late as 1940, there was a grocery store near the intersection of Sharps Creek and Spreading Oak roads, run by Thompson Self and his wife. On the census he is listed next to Hay Norvell, whose property I mentioned above. Could this be the old Tucker PO? It would be situated on/near what was once Jefferson/Moseley property.

    • Joanne Yeck / Jun 4 2014 7:22 am

      Jeremy, There is a lot here to work with. Many thanks! Joanne

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