La Vale in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The La Vale Toll House
Toll collectors earned $200 a year and had free living quarters. "Pikers," travelers unwilling to pay tolls, made it difficult for toll keepers, as they tried to escape by avoiding the road. The Addison and Searights Toll Houses are of similar architecture, and can still be seen as you continue west on the National Road into Pennsylvania.
The La Vale Toll House was built to look like a gatehouse, lending it an interesting shape. The two-story brick structure has seven sides;
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 38.258′ N, 78° 51.096′ W. Marker is in La Vale, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker can be reached from National Highway SW (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland MD 21502, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Toll Gate House (a few steps from this marker); “Spendelow Camp” (approx. 1.2 miles away); The National Road (approx. 2 miles away); Clarysville General Hospital (approx. 2 miles away); Brady's Crossing (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Vale.
More about this marker. Another American Byways marker in "The Historic National Road — The Road that Built the Nation" series.
Regarding The La Vale Toll House. There is a small park with picnic tables at the toll house location with a little bit of parking.
Also see . . . LaVale Toll Gate House, Last Remaining in Maryland. This page has a short history, days and times it is open, and tour information.
1. Text on the Daughters of the American Revolution Tablet
Dedicated to the Pioneers who with heroic sacrifice and undaunted courage blazed this old trail now known as The National Highway and thus opened "The Gateway to the West." –Erected by Cresap Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Anno Domini 1931.
Additional keywords. LaVale Toll House, Tollhouse
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