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Paw Paw Post Office
Restored Post OfficeOriginal Use & Name Origin
The Paw Paw Post Office, Naperville's first post office, was operated by Postmaster Alexander Howard as early as 1833. Howard lived in this building, which also served as a stagecoach stop and small mercantile business.

The office was so-named for the grove of Paw Paw trees that stood around the building at the northeast corner of Webster Street and Jefferson Avenue. Since its move to Naper Settlement in 1977, Paw Paw trees have again been planted around the building to simulate its earlier environment. 

Mail Delivery
Originally serving as a mail and stagecoach stop for the Templeton line, by 1853, the Frink and Walker coach lines brought mail to the Paw Paw Station daily by four horse-drawn carriages on their routes to Chicago, Galena and Dixon, Illinois.

Restoration
The building has been converted to its historical role within the museum village and also houses staff offices. The interior is restored to an 1840s appearance. Originally built in the Greek Revival style, later 19th-century alterations offer features of the Gothic Revival and Classical styles, including the addition of a wraparound porch.

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