TOLL PLANK ROAD

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Transportation
Location
Route 54A and Ritchey Blvd, Middlesex, NY
Lat/Long
42.655579, -77.071775
Grant Recipient
Town of Jerusalem
Historic Marker

TOLL PLANK ROAD

Inscription

TOLL PLANK ROAD
SITE OF #1 TOLL GATE HOUSE.
BRANCHPORT & PENN YAN PLANK
ROAD COMPANY BUILT 8 MILE
TOLL ROAD IN 1849. BURNED
APRIL 1879 ENDING THE TOLLS
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2017

Toll Plank Road connected Jerusalem residents and surrounding communities to Penn Yan and Railroad. The year-round road was essential to the economy of the area to move farm products to market. The Law of 1847 allowed the Branchport & Penn Yan Plank Road company to construct a plank road and charge tolls. The toll gate house was believed to have been deliberately set on fire in 1879 by those opposed to the toll road.