Near Williamsville in Bath County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Life at the Tollhouse
As early as 1880, the Hodge family was responsible for the management of the Warm Springs Mountain tollhouse. By the end of the tool road's operation in the 1910s, there were ten children living at the house "up on the mountain". Much of the data collected about this site is based upon the remembrances of this family.
The tollhouse also served as temporary quarters for the road crews responsible for maintenance of the turnpike. The crew would sleep in the loft with the children during the week and return to their own homes on the weekend.
A common theme in the Hodge family is one of hospitality. According to one story, there was a tollgate at the site, but it was never closed. One particular day, a Hodge child was told to watch the gate. A man came along on horseback and handed the child some money. Not knowing how to make change, the child gave him the money box and said "just take what you want".
Living on the top of the mountain at the turn of the twentieth century afforded the Hodge family an opportunity to watch the coming of technologies that we now take for granted.
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Erected by Virginia Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 38° 3.06′ N, 79° 45.969′ W. Marker is near Williamsville, Virginia, in Bath County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 39 and Homestead Mountain Drive, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 39. Located at the Dan Ingalls Overlook in George Washington National Forest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsville VA 24487, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Turnpike Movement in Virginia, 1825-1835 (here, next to this marker); The Land and Natural Resources of Bath County (here, next to this marker); The Virginia Springs Resorts (a few steps from this marker); Settlement on Warm Springs Mountain (a few steps from this marker); The Rev. Dr. William H. Sheppard (approx. 0.8 miles away); Terrill HillEarly Bath County Courthouses (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mary Johnston (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 742 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.