Susquehanna Toll House - Havre de Grace, MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 39° 36.515 W 076° 08.596
18S E 401854 N 4384940
Quick Description: A tollhouse in Susquehanna State Park that used to collect tolls for travelers crossing the Susquehanna Bridge, which was destroyed by floods in 1856.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 8/16/2021 8:29:24 AM
Waymark Code: WM14RJC
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
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Long Description:
The plaque says, "The Toll House, constructed around 1817, provided shelter for the toll keeper and was used to store the collected tolls from bridge travelers crossing the Susquehanna River. The window in the wall on the porch was used to spot boats coming down the canal as bridge travelers came and went. The bridge washed away in 1856, thus eliminating the need for a toll keeper. The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal stretched from Havre de Grace, MD to Wrightsville, PA 45 miles away. Opened in 1840, the canal was 15-20 feet wide; allowed the water level to rise from 20 feet in Havre de Grace to 1000 feet above sea level at Wrightsville. Nine locks are located in Maryland, with three being found in the park. After mules would pull a boat into a lock, the gates would enclose the boat and the water level would rise to the appropriate height. The flood of 1889 put the canal out of service for several weeks and, as time passed, the use of the canal slowly began to fade."
Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1817

Architectural Period/Style: Colonial

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:
Toll House


Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
Toll House


Main Material of Construction: Wood

Private/Public Access: Private (state property)

Admission Fee (if applicable): 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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Additional Dates of Construction: Not listed

Architect (if known): Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

Listed Building Status (if applicable): Not listed

Opening Hours (if applicable): Not listed

Related Website: Not listed

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