The Cover above was
by the Springfield, MA
Post Office. the sender had included Indian Orchard above
Springfield. the cover should have been addressed to
Indian Orchard, MA only as the town had it's own post
office in 1862 founded in 1854 under
Postmaster Elisha A. Fuller. Although this cover is a
little worn and ragged it is still an exceptional cover due to
the rare town cancel, stamp issue and patriotic cachet.
The Mohegan Post
Township - Providence County)
was established on June 20, 1856
under Postmaster Francis Callahan.
The Post Office was disestablished on
October 25, 1886 and relocated to Nasonville where it
became the Second Nasonville Post Office.
Mohegan town cancels are rare and finding one on a patriotic
cover was an additional bonus and a real treasure. The stamp
is the 3 cent Rose Pink issue of August 1861
(Scott Nr. 64b)
and is valued at $240 on a patriotic cover. The pen cancel
does detract from the value as it becomes difficult to
determine if it is an authentic usage; in addition the lower
left corner of the stamp is torn.
Nasonville Post Office was established
on February 8, 1849 under Postmaster Seth
Wheelock and was disestablished on
April 18, 1855. The Second Nasonville Post
disestablished on February 29, 1944 and
mail is currently handled by the Woonsocket Post Office.
is located in the heart of the Blackstone River Valley
on the Branch River and was founded as a mill
village. The Blackstone River area contained the vast majority
of Rhode Island's textile mills during the Industrial
Revolution. It was in this area that Samuel Slater,
constructed the largest textile mill in the country on the
Branch River in what became the mill village of
Slatersville in Smithfield Township.
1936 Tercentenary Issue FDC
Unofficial Town - Nasonville Cover