Since 1806, Rock Hall has had 23 Postmasters appointed and in service on Eastern Neck, Main Street and in the current facility opened in 1961 on Liberty Street. Since May of 1999, Rock Hall's Postmaster has been Jessie Kaye Barnes. After 16 years of service in Rock Hall and 25 years with the United States Postal Service in total, Kaye will retire.
Kaye graduated High School in Queen Anne's County in 1967 and married the same year. She and her husband, Frank, have lived at his family's Fairfield Farm most of their married life, have 2 sons, a granddaughter and a grandson.
As if being Rock Hall's Postmaster is not enough, corn and soy beans are grown and chickens are raised at the farm with Frank. Kaye is also well known for the beautiful Labrador Retriever puppies that are born at Fairfield.
Kaye started her career with the United States Postal Service in 1983 at Chestertown as a rural carrier substitute. This job lead to a clerk's posistion in Chestertown in 1993, and then as Officer in Charge assignments in Still Pond, Kennedyville, Rock Hall and Marydel. In 1995, Kaye was appointed Postmaster of Betterton.
Although, she enjoyed the assignments in other communities, she always aspired and wanted to be in Rock Hall. Kaye says that the draw to Rock Hall was because it was closer to her family's farm, she loves the town and she knew many people that lived here or worked at the Post Office. In 1999, she was appointed Postmaster of Rock Hall.
Kaye has enjoyed serving in Rock Hall and says that this time has flown by because her coworkers and the people are so kind, friendly and considerate. She says that Rock Hall is simply the best place to end her career.
Please visit with Kaye before her last day of work in Rock Hall on October 30. After that, she will be busy at the farm with chores, organizing, cleaning, family time and helping her son master the art of raising labrador retrievers.
We wish Kaye the very best of retirement and thank her for her years of friendship and service at Rock Hall Post Office.
Rock Hall Post Office Dedication Plaque & Postmasters