Visit yesteryear's 1835 "Beacon” and relive the pioneers' journey. Petersburg, Gate 1, is the only original, hand-cut native stone tollhouse still standing along the first federally funded highway. The Cumberland Road passed from federal authorities to states’ becoming the nation's first toll road. Dreams for a better life, pioneers with covered wagons and farm animals entered the tollgate during the great westward emigration. As the Industrial Revolution came, railroad travel was faster and cheaper, leaving the “national road” abandoned.Today, we are still able to experience this “Beacon” of our past because the Daughters of the American Revolution Great Crossings Chapter’s efforts to purchase the tollhouse, delivering it from planned demolition. The Petersburg Tollhouse was placed on the National Registrar of Historical Places in 1976. Open May-September - during local events and by appointment. Free admission.
Facility Amenities: Bus Parking, Free Admission
General Information: Dates Closed: Oct - Apr, Hours: By appt
Guest Information: Family-friendly, Groups Welcome