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La Vale, Maryland: First Toll Gate on the National Road

Seven-sided house was built ~ 1833; no longer collects tolls. Features its own parking area, historical marker, and a couple of plaques-on-rocks.

14304 National Hwy, La Vale, MD
On the south side of ALT-US-40, just west of its intersection with PA-53/Winchester Rd.
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Toll gate house.

First Toll Gate on the National Road

We have driven by here before but stopped tonight to take some pictures. Don't forget to see the historical marker. Interesting stop, passed up by many, I think.

[EC, 06/20/2022]
First Toll Gate on the National Road

Room to pull into the drive to look if not open.

[K And k, 05/04/2022]

Toll gate house.

First Toll Gate On National Road

This was the first toll gate house on the National Road.

[Stephen Francia, 05/28/2020]

The National Road was America's first long-distance highway, running 620 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois. This seven-sided toll gate house was built circa 1833 and restored in 2019. A Rates of Toll table lays out detailed cost calculations: "For every Carriage of pleasure by Whatever be it called, the same according to the number of wheels and horses drawing the same."

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