Nalcrest: Postal Worker Golden Years Utopia

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Nalcrest, Florida

Built as a kind of self-contained, cul-de-sac retirement community for mailmen in the early 1960s. Nalcrest (the National Association of Letter Carriers at Rest) features a bronze statue of an old-fashioned mailman on the plaza of its "town square" -- which is more like a condo community center -- and a small mini-golf course whose first obstacle is a blue mailbox. Despite its relatively small size, Nalcrest merits its own, well-used post office -- and zip code.

Another post-people post-career advantage: dogs and other pets are not allowed.

Nalcrest is just west of the former community of Fedhaven, a senior utopia for federal employees established around the same time.

Nalcrest: Postal Worker Golden Years Utopia

Address:
Leisure Lane W., Nalcrest, FL
Directions:
Ten miles east of Lakes Wales on US Hwy 60, then a little over a mile south on Doherty Drive, then turn right onto Leisure Lane W. Map point is for the old-fashioned postman's statue in the center of the "village square," which is on the left side of Leisure Lane W. just after entering Nalcrest (look for the big parking lot). To reach the mini-golf course continue on Leisure Lane W. another half-mile; you'll see it on the right, next to the tennis courts.
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