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Stratford, Connecticut: Obsolete Toll Booths On Display

The heyday of New England's toll roads, preserved for your edification.

Boothe Memorial Park

Main St., Stratford, CT
Merritt Pkwy exit 53 (or I-95 exit 33) then south (or north) on Hwy 101. Boothe Memorial Park is on the east side; look for the sign and lots of odd-looking small buildings. Take the south entrance and drive all the way straight back to the big parking lot. The booths are on the north side of the lot.
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Toll booth.

Obsolete Toll Booths On Display

This is a large park with many other eclectic sights, like a model railroad museum and windmill.

[Tim Brady, 06/17/2013]

Historic toll booths.

Boothe Park - Historic Toll Booths

A nice place for a picnic. Some of the attractions (models of presidents birth homes/Boothe estate tours/museum) are not open until summer.

[Doug Drissel, 04/06/2006]

Few regions had the forsight to preserve their obsolete highway toll booths. This wooden log model collected coin on Connecticut's Merrit Parkway from 1940-1988.

Boothe Park

In the early 1900's the wacky Boothe brothers decided to put together a park of attractions. Buildings from all over the world were re-constructed and appear haphazardly around the park. The Boothe boys would appear in parades dressed as Uncle Sams and other "interesting" characters.

[William M Knapp, 11/12/2000]
Three Log Toll Booths

Booth Park in Stratford has gardens, historical colonial farm stuff, 3 log toll booths disassembled from the old Milford toll booth, a windmill and a funky clock tower building. And there is a haunted room in one of the houses. The Boothe Brothers who amassed all this treasure were eccentrics to the locals, and left it as a public park, no admission, great picnicing, grassy hilly terrain, a perfect break from a long haul up the East coast.

[Alph Winter, 03/07/2000]
Old Toll Booth

My brother Eric just told me about a town park in Stratford -- Boothe Park, which, to quote him, "has a group of truly bizarre buildings (including a preserved section of the old toll booth from the Merritt Pkwy bridge spanning the Housatonic). Some of the buildings contain things like a rock/gem collection, etc. Pretty weird."

[Marian, 08/29/1998]

Nearby Offbeat Places

National Helicopter MuseumNational Helicopter Museum, Stratford, CT - 3 mi.
PEZ Visitor CenterPEZ Visitor Center, Orange, CT - 6 mi.
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Largest Indoor Buddha in the Western Hemisphere, Carmel, NY - 40 mi.

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