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

Snickersville Turnpike

 
 
Snickersville Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
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 12½ cents; four-wheel carriage 12½ 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. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 39° 6.667′ N, 77° 50.07′ W. Marker is in Bluemont, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Snickersville Turnpike (Virginia Route 734) and Clayton Hall Road
Snickersville Turnpike Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2020
2. Snickersville Turnpike Marker
(Virginia Route 760), on the right when traveling east on Snickersville Turnpike. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33704 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont VA 20135, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bluemont (here, next to this marker); Bluemont Historic District (a few steps from this marker); The Snickersville Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lives And Times Of The Snickersville Academy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mt. Airy Fight (approx. ¾ mile away); Lt. Col. Roger Preston Chew (1843-1921) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Appalachian Trail and Bears Den (approx. one mile away); Judge Parker's “Retreat” & the Battle of Cool Spring (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluemont.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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