National Road & Toll House

National Road & Toll House, LaVale: Address, Phone Number, National Road & Toll House Reviews: 4/5

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Kelly49-66
LaVale, MD11 contributions
This is real history.
Feb. 2020
This is the real deal. You get to go inside and see how the tollkeeper's family lived. On the outside you can see the tolls listed for the 1st National road west. If you get to upstairs to the bedroom you can actually see how the tollkeeper could get up at night and tell from which direction the travelers were coming.
Written March 5, 2020
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Linda Newcome
Masontown, WV9 contributions
Amazing piece of history!
Dec. 2018 • Friends
As avid geocachers, we travel for miles around. We have been in La Vale several times caching. Thanks to the person who hid a cache to bring people to the toll house. it is beautiful and a peek through the windows show beautiful antique furniture during that time period. The educational perspective that you glean from this historical site is amazing.
Written December 29, 2018
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Patrick S
Laurel, MD401 contributions
historic site
Jun. 2017 • Couples
Built in 1835 for the National Road, the toll houses were used to collect money for road maintenance, which was the responsibility of the states. There's another one in Petersburg, PA. It has a unique, 7-sided architecture. The rates of toll are posted.
The National Road, a federal project, ran from Cumberland to (eventually) Zanesville, Ohio, and was a work of "Internal improvements." this opened a path from the mountains to the seacost, and port towns such as Baltimore,

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Written June 14, 2017
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CJ S
Williamsburg, VA111 contributions
Last one standing
Feb. 2017 • Couples
Had to see the tool house and gate poles on National highway. Impressive Maryland has preserved the house to educate folks on the road and it's historical significance. It is a must for everyone to see and admire.
Written February 26, 2017
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VAvisitor
Annandale, VA145 contributions
Slice of the Old National Road
Jun. 2016 • Couples
This toll house is one of the few original remaining on the Old National Road which ran from Cumberland Maryland to Vandalia Illinois in the early to mid-1800s. I don't think this toll house is open to the public. It has never been open when we have passed by, but is worth a stop to look and see what a real toll house looked like on this historic road. The government funded the road in its early stages, but after a while, it was left to individual states to fund the maintenance of the road, so toll houses were built so that tolls collected could go to finance the repair of this highly used road. There are two toll houses that are open now and then to the public, the Addison (PA) toll house and the Searight toll house, also in PA. I was able to visit those on my recent National Road trip and got to go inside and see the old furnishings and climb to the top and look out the top bedroom window. Read about the National Road and the importance it made in our nation's history.
Written June 27, 2016
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Sharkhunter2010
Saint Paul, MN348 contributions
Americana but not a museum
Oct. 2015 • Solo
Of course you need to see the toll house, this is a piece of history along the national road. Don't expect a museum as the interior is not open to the public, at least when I visited, but I could get a sense of the place from the plaques placed outside. Worth a few minutes of your time to visit.
Written April 27, 2016
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Judy D
Blandon, PA54 contributions
Nice piece of history.
Apr. 2016 • Couples
Very interesting, it would be nice if it would be unlocked so you could see the inside of this of the building.
Written April 3, 2016
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William D
Rawlings, MD27 contributions
No One Home
Dec. 2015
Stopped by to see this landmark. Not much to see. Large pavilion and parking around side and back with access to Rte 40 National Hwy. but it did not appear anyone had been there in some time. The grounds were kept but left you wondering why... Guess someone has a contract. There was reading material and it looked like the first main floor was restored to what it would have looked like in use but the door was locked and peering through the windows was all to be seen. Perhaps arrangements have to be made to tour. It would be a short tour under any circumstances. Cute, but not terribly interesting.
Written December 21, 2015
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travelwriter52
Clinton, SC2,996 contributions
Local History Hidden in Plain Sight
Aug. 2015 • Solo
It was not open when I came by, and there are no hours posted, but I still found it very interesting. It is the first toll road by the state of Maryland. The operator would collect a toll to pay for the road. It is a 7 sided house and has the remains of a metal gate.
Written September 2, 2015
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Robby M
LaVale, MD223 contributions
A nice piece of American history
Jul. 2015 • Family
If you are interested in early transportation history in the United States, then this is a nice place to stop. The toll house, which is one of the few left standing along the old National Road gives you a nice idea into what transportation would have been like back in the early 1800s. On Sundays they usually have interpreters there and you can tour the inside. During the week, you can not get inside, but you can walk around it and read the signs.
Written July 28, 2015
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