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Murrysville Historical Preservation Society to host 7th annual Historical Festival

Patrick Varine
| Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
MHPS Membership Chair Carol Intrieri welcomes visitors in period-appropriate clothing to the Sampson/Clark Toll House in Murrysville. The society's annual festival will be Sept. 16, 2017.
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MHPS Membership Chair Carol Intrieri welcomes visitors in period-appropriate clothing to the Sampson/Clark Toll House in Murrysville. The society's annual festival will be Sept. 16, 2017.
MHPS President Carl Patty speaks to festivalgoers.
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MHPS President Carl Patty speaks to festivalgoers.
Sharon Parker, member, Murrysville Historical Preservation Society, portrays an 18th Century 'good wife,' during the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society's annual Heritage Festival, held at the Sampson-Clark Toll House, Export, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.
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Sharon Parker, member, Murrysville Historical Preservation Society, portrays an 18th Century 'good wife,' during the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society's annual Heritage Festival, held at the Sampson-Clark Toll House, Export, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.
Angelina Pampena of Murrysville sings a Shoshone love song for visitors during the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society's 2016 Heritage Festival.
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Angelina Pampena of Murrysville sings a Shoshone love song for visitors during the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society's 2016 Heritage Festival.

Back in the day — in this case, a day in the early 1800s — folks passing by the Sampson/Clark Toll House would be required to pay 6 cents for every score of swine they were transporting and 10 cents for every score of cattle.

On Saturday, they will be able to visit the house for free during the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society's seventh annual Historical Festival.

The log cabin was situated along the Northern Turnpike, proposed by the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1778 as a navigable road between the Juniata and Conemaugh rivers, passing through the former Salem Crossroads — now Delmont — as well as Franklin Township before continuing west toward Pittsburgh.

The name “turnpike” originated with the use of a pole, or “pike,” placed across the road to prevent passage until the toll was paid.

“Murrysville's log cabins date back to the 1790s,” said society membership chair Carol Intrieri.

The toll house was originally manned by the family of Simeon Clark, and later Nancy Clark, and it will house a variety of activities for festival-goers.

The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature Native American re-enactors, traders, sutlers, wagoneers, musicians and farmers. Children can take part in creating candles or butter, face painting, washboard laundry and more.

The cabin is at 5302 West Pike Street in Murrysville. Parking is available on Triangle Lane, off of William Penn Highway.

For more information, see Murrysvillehistory.org .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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