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Forgotten by many, these locations once flourished as county commercial centers

R.A. Callis General Merchandise was once a commercial hub of the Stormont area and also served as the community post office. This photo was taken in the mid-1970s. (Photo by Tom Hardin)

by Larry Chowning
Fourth in a series

Middlesex County has several places, forgotten by many, near the center of the county. Streets, Dew, Hackneyville, and West Urbanna Wharf are forgotten names for most, while Remlik, Stormont and Cooks Corner are names that have survived the ages.

Whether forgotten or remembered, stories of these communities are very much a part of Middlesex County history. As a tribute to the 350th anniversary of the founding of Middlesex County this story is dedicated to these communities and their place and time in our history. 

Streets was named for the Street family who lived in the area of the county in what is today called Remlik (Kilmer spelled backwards). The only visible reminder today that Streets ever existed is the road named Streets Lane that winds into Hampstead Farm and comes back out on Route 602. 

The United States Postal Service opened a post office at Streets on February 9, 1889. Edward W. Bearzley was the first postmaster. Other postmasters were Quintus C. and Richard F. Hilliard, Julius F. Hughes, James M. Derieux and N.A. Rouzie.

One location of the post office was in the building that is today Big Oak Cafe. Hughes ran a general merchandise store in that building at the turn of the 20th century, and Derieux took over the business and operated it until the store closed in the 1970s. In February 1932 the name Streets was changed to Remlik Post Office.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 10.03.2018

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