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  Toolhouse at LaVale watches out for shunpikers
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  • Toolhouse at LaVale watches out for shunpikers - Maryland
      Toolhouse at LaVale watches out for shunpikers
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  • Costs for using the LaVale section of the National - Maryland
      Costs for using the LaVale section of the National
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  • Business interior of the LaVale Tollhouse - Maryland
      Business interior of the LaVale Tollhouse
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  • Old Bank Road Tollhouse near Hancock - Maryland
      Old Bank Road Tollhouse near Hancock
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  • Tolls for this section of the Bank Road - Maryland
      Tolls for this section of the Bank Road
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There is one surviving tollhouses from the National Road days to be found here in Maryland. Just west of Cumberland along US 40 you find the LaVale Tollhouse which looks like it might occasionally be open. Similar to its Pennsylvanian brethren - Searight and Petersburgh - in its octagonal shape. There are posts set on either side of US 40 to make you believe it just might be possible to squeeze a little more coin from travelers today. Another tollhouse associated with the National Road - the Old Bank Road House - can be found just west of Hancock on MD 144. This house doesn’t appear to be open much though its exterior - not octagonal in shape like the others - has been restored and a explanatory sign can be found outside. The actual National Road began in Cumberland and went west from there, so this house is not actually a National Road tollhouse. It was built on the Bank Road which was a road built by the State of Maryland between 1816-21 and served to connect Hagerstown - and thus, Baltimore - with Cumberland.

Website: http://www.wamonline.com/fall2000/tollgate.htm

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