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Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Snickersville Turnpike

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
1. Snickersville Turnpike Marker
Inscription.  Originally an Iroquois hunting trail, it became by 1786 the first recorded operating turnpike in America, praised by Thomas Jefferson. In 1810 the Virginia Assembly chartered the Snickers Gap Turnpike Company, authorizing three toll gates between Aldie and Snickers Gap: horse 3 cents; 20 cattle 12 ½ cents; four-wheel carriage 12 ½ cents. A toll booth operated on the Blue Ridge Mountain until 1915. The Turnpike today is a Virginia Byway overlooking the same landscape George Washington traveled between 1748 and 1788, often stopping at West's Ordinary near Aldie and Edward Snickers' Inn and ferry on the Shenandoah River.
 
Erected by Snickersville Turnpike Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson series list.
 
Location. 38° 58.9′ N, 77° 39.083′ W. Marker is in Aldie, Virginia,
Snickersville Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Squirrel Girl, December 29, 2012
2. Snickersville Turnpike Marker
in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Snickersville Turnpike (Scenic Virginia Route 734) and Aldie Road (Virginia Route 804), on the right when traveling west on Snickersville Turnpike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aldie VA 20105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Aldie (approx. ¼ mile away); Mercer’s Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Aldie Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named The Aldie Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Waterpower System (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Aldie (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lee Moves North Again (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Milling Complex (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aldie.
 
Snickersville Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
3. Snickersville Turnpike Marker
The corner of Aldie Road (Va. 734) and Snickersville Turnpike (Va. 804) at 41079 Snickersville Turnpike.
Snickersville Turnpike Logo image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
4. Snickersville Turnpike Logo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2013, by Squirrel Girl of South Riding, Virginia. This page has been viewed 853 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on August 14, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on June 29, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 6, 2013, by Squirrel Girl of South Riding, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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