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Step back in time at Murrysville 'Toll House' event

Shirley McMarlin
| Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Re-enactors Sharon Parker, Carol Intrieri and Tom Anke at the 2016 Murrysville Historical Festival, at the historic Sampson-Clark Toll House.
Re-enactors Sharon Parker, Carol Intrieri and Tom Anke at the 2016 Murrysville Historical Festival, at the historic Sampson-Clark Toll House.

The seventh annual Murrysville Historical Preservation Society festival will take visitors back to the days when turnpike tolls were 5 cents for a score of cattle and 6 cents for a score of swine.

“Once Upon a Time at the Toll House” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Sampson-Clark Toll House, 5302 West Pike Street, Murrysville.

Built between 1785 and 1790, the toll house will be the site for activities and demonstrations illustrating what life was like for early 19th-century residents and travelers along the Northern Turnpike, connecting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Historical re-enactors will portray fur traders, blacksmiths, Native Americans, wagoneers, musicians and farmers. Demonstrations will include cooking over a fireplace and an outdoor fire, branding, candle-making and butter-churning.

A historical society member will portray Nancy Clark, wife of the last toll house keeper who lived out her days on the site.

Children's activities will include Indian necklace-making, face-painting and an arrowhead dig.

Admission is free. Parking will be available at Route 22 and Triangle Lane.

Details: 724-327-6942 or

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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