John Rambo was one of the founding fathers of Damascus.  Soon after the Civil War, the first post office in this part of the country was established in the home of John Rambo which was the original log home behind  the Inn.  His son, W.D., was the postmaster.  This was on the grounds of the site now known as The Mountain Laurel Inn. When the new home was built in 1901-1903, the log home was torn down but the old log smokehouse was retained and remains today an interesting reminder of its original use.  Guests of the Inn frequently watch the deer from the wooded area behind the Inn wander out to lick the salt from its dirt floor.  W.D.'s daughter, Florence, followed him as postmistress.  In addition, she was the bookkeeper of the Lincoln Furniture Company which was located across the road. She was fond of saying that she was "never late for work." Florence never married.  She became the mistress of the Rambo House and her Sister (W.D.'s other daughter) was Lillie. She moved in with her daughters (Sisters Room) following the death of her husband and their father in a railroad accident.
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