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Durham Road Toll House

Newtown Heritage Walk No. 19

 
 
Durham Road Toll House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
1. Durham Road Toll House Marker
Inscription.
The Newtown and Wrightstown Turnpike (Durham) Toll House was in operation from approximately 1870 to 1920, when it was originally located at this site at the intersection of Sycamore Street (532) and Durham Road (413). The toll house served as the headquarters of the Wrightstown and Newtown Turnpike Company. The section of the turnpike that this gatekeeper controlled was from the intersection of the routes now known as 532 and 413 to Wrightstown-Taylorsville Road and 413. The turnpike ceased to function in 1920 and the house became a private dwelling.

Toll Houses were constructed for the purpose of collecting money for road maintenance and salary for toll keepers. The Toll House provided modest living quarters for the toll keeper (and family) on this part of the Durham Road turnpike, and it had a toll gate that could be raised and lowered as the tolls were paid. Upon payment of one cent, the gate was lifted and a pedestrian was allowed to pass through. Two cents opened the gate to a horse or ox. When automobiles came into use, the charge for a car and driver was five cents. The Toll House was twice saved from demolition. First, in 1955 by the Goodnoe family, when it was moved to its present location on Durham Road at Eagle Road to make way for the Goodnoe Dairy Bar. Second, in 1989 when the developer of the Village at Newtown
Durham Road Toll House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
2. Durham Road Toll House Marker
allowed it to stand as a historic landmark and financed its restoration.
 
Erected 2007 by Newtown Historical Association and the J. W. McGrath Organization.
 
Location. 40° 14.153′ N, 74° 56.259′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of Sycamore Street and Durham Road (Pennsylvania Route 532), on the left when traveling north on Sycamore Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 280 N Sycamore Street, Newtown PA 18940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goodnoe Farm & Dairy Bar (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boyd-Yardley House (about 600 feet away); Brooks House (about 800 feet away); Randall Double House (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Penn's New Town (approx. mile away); Old Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elinor Slack Campbell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Newtown Common & Creek (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newtown.
 
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Durham Road Toll House Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
3. Durham Road Toll House Photo on Marker
Durham Road Toll House Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
4. Durham Road Toll House Photo on Marker
Heritage Walk Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 28, 2010
5. Heritage Walk Map on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 832 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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