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LaVale Toll Gate House
Last Remaining in Maryland

President Thomas Jefferson initiated development of the National Road in 1806. However, it wasnít until 1836, the Federal Government constructed the LaVale, Maryland Toll Gate House as part of the National Road System. That same year, after construction was completed, ownership was turned over to the State of Maryland.

The houseís two-story seven-sided main structure contains windows positioned both upstairs and down that allowed the gatekeeper to see traffic clearly in both directions along the road. In the first year of operation (1837) toll was collected from more than 20,000 travelers. By 1850, eight stagecoach lines operated over the National Road, with a typical travel time of 48 hours over the 266 mile route between Baltimore, MD and Wheeling, WV. The National Road flourished through the 1850ís, but after the railroad was completed use of the road declined and the Toll Gate House fell into disrepair. State of Maryland control ended in 1878 when the road was turned over to the counties. Allegany County operated its section of road and continued to collect tolls until about 1900. Between 1913 and 1956 the structure was privately owned and occupied by numerous families. In 1956 the State of Maryland purchased the structure and restoration was undertaken in 1966 with the assistance of the GFCW LaVale Century Club.

Finally, in 1989 Allegany County regained ownership from the Maryland Historical Trust. In 1998 another extensive restoration was completed, funded by the County, and administered by the GFCW LaVale Century Club. The structure was professionally restored on the interior and red brick exterior was painted white. New tourist facilities were built including bus parking, handicapped accessible rest rooms and a picnic pavilion.

The toll house structure is the original building on the original site.

What To Know Before You Go:
The LaVale Toll Gate House is open Saturdays and Sundays 1:30 to 4:30 pm, May through October. Tour arrangements for special groups may be made by calling (301) 729-3047 or (301) 729-1681. It is located along U.S. Route 40, in upper LaVale, MD.

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