Event: " Once Upon a Time at the Toll House”  - Saturday, September 16th, 2017  - 11:00  - 5:00 

Location: 5302 West Pike Street, Murrysville, PA 15668 -FREE  Festival parking at Triangle Business Complex between Cozy Inn Cut off and Rick’s Sports Bar - left turn at traffic light.  

Well Folks, on to 2017 and our next annual historical festival.  Save the date for Saturday, September, 16, 2017!  Don’t delay!  All participants welcomed to return and those invited who could not make the historical venue can now attend!  What is the date?  Saturday, September 16, 2017 ...3rd Saturday in September! 

Theme:  "Once Upon a time at the Toll House" -   History: On March 1878, the PA Assembly proposed a route for a road between the navigable waters of the the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River and the Conemaugh River, crossing into Westmoreland Co. near Blairsville, continuing through New Alexandria, Salem Crossroad and Franklin Township to Pittsburgh. The Northern Turnpike, enabling passengers to travel between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was completed in 1819.  A year later, in 1820, the village of Murrysville was founded.  Basically, the road was a widened dirt and stone pathway.  Conestoga wagons were used between peak years of 1820 to 1840 to carrying farm products as corn, barley and wheat. Passenger stagecoaches, wagons drawn by oxen, men and women on horseback, droves of cattle and sheep passed by or stopped for the night at inns placed at every 10-12 miles intervals on the Northern Turnpike. Toll rates depended upon items being shipped.  The tollgate keeper was usually a farmer who owned the land.  Tolls collected were to pay stockholders dividends and provide turnpike maintenance as hiring men to fill ruts and holes.  Simeon Clark and other family members served as toll keepers at this location.  Nancy Clark was one of the last to collect tolls and was permitted to  live in the tollhouse until her death.

                                                       Sample of Turnpike Rates of Toll - 1819

For every score of swine.......................6 cents

\For every score of cattle.........................5 cents

For every carriage of pleasure.................50 cents

For every cart or wagon or other carriage burthen the wheel of

which do not exceed in breadth 4 inches per horse..............8 cents

       Pass through the Sampson/Clark toll gate on Saturday, September 16th to become a history time traveler!


Pictures from Drums Along the Turtle Creek - September 2016.  Preparations for September 2017 underway!