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Near Warm Springs in Bath County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Life at the Tollhouse

 
 
Life at the Tollhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
1. Life at the Tollhouse Marker
On the lower left is a photograph of the Hodge family house in 1900. Courtesy of the Hodge family. On the upper right is an Etching of traveler paying toll from J.G. Pangborn, Picturesque B. and O., Historical and Descriptive, 1883. Courtesy of the Library of Virginia, Picture Collection.
Inscription. 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.

"It was around 1902 that I saw the first automobile that passed through Warm Springs.... my grandfather waved to the driver to stop and told him it was a toll gate. Grandfather charged them twenty-five cents toll but said he did not
Modern Va 39 Where Toll Gate Stood image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
2. Modern Va 39 Where Toll Gate Stood
know if he had done right or not as there was no rates for cars".
- Roy H. Hodge, Sr.
 
Erected by Virginia Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 38° 3.06′ N, 79° 45.969′ W. Marker is near Warm Springs, 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. Touch for map. Located at the Dan Ingalls Overlook in George Washington National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Warm Springs VA 24484, United States of America.
 
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 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); Early Bath County Courthouses (approx. 0.8 miles away); Terrill Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mary Johnston (approx. 1.1 miles away); The County Seat of Bath (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Warm Springs.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Entrance to the Ingalls Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
3. Entrance to the Ingalls Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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