Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank

Battle of Franklin, Eastern Flank (HM1YH9)

Location: Franklin, TN 37064 Williamson County
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N 35° 54.519', W 86° 51.453'

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Lewisburg Pike Toll House

Road construction boomed in Tennessee during the mid-1800s, and the Nashville area was the state's primary highway hub. Private companies built most of the roads, and they placed tollhouses along the routes to collect fees to cover costs and create profits. Before the Civil War, such houses and their lowered gates were common. One such tollhouse stood directly to your right along the Lewisburg Turnpike.

These structures usually had permanent residents, employees of the managing companies who collected specific fees for each person, draft animal, and wagon that passed through during daylight hours. The turnpikes themselves were usually ten to twelve feet (three meters) wide, with ditches along the sides for drainage, and surfaces of gravel or tightly-packed small stones that created what were called macadamized roads.

The turnpikes kept state taxes low, but they often frustrated farmers and merchants trekking to markets. On the eighteen-mile trek from Franklin to Nashville, travelers had to stop and pay four times.

The Civil War severely damaged many of these highways, including the Lewisburg Pike. Heavy military traffic eroded the surfaces, consumed supplies for repairs, and made toll-collecting nearly impossible. Repairs were further complicated by widespread loss of draft animals during the war, a shortage
that lasted for decades afterward.

By the end of the century, public funding gradually replaced private construction, and Tennessee's last tollhouses were closed in 1930.
HM NumberHM1YH9
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 6:13pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512853 N 3973825
Decimal Degrees35.90865000, -86.85755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.519', W 86° 51.453'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 31.14" N, 86° 51' 27.18" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin TN 37064, US
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