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Huebener Brick no. 76 Toll House on Brush Hill Turnpike
 




The Edward A. Huebener collection of over 100 bricks originally collected by Mr. Huebener exhibits brick paintings of the houses from which the bricks came. The bricks have upon them painted scenes of (mostly) old Dorchester houses and landmarks. To see a list of all the bricks, choose the term Architecture in the list at the left of the screen and choose the first subsection -- the Edward A. Huebener Brick Collection and scroll to the bottom of that page to see icons for all the bricks.


Toll House
Toll House, Brush Hill Turnpike
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 Dorchester Old and New says that the Brush Hill Turnpike is now Blue Hill Avenue. Frederic J. Wood in The Turnpikes of New England2 corroborates this and offers the following. The Brush Hill Turnpike Corporation built its road between Davenports Corner, near the west end of Blue Hill Avenue in Milton and near the four mile stone in Roxbury near the dwelling house of Ebenezer Seaver:

Beginning at said Davenports Corner, by the most favorable route, to the Upper Bridge, so-called near Boies’ Mills, fro thence, by the most favorable route, at or near the said four-mile stone. Wood cites Teele’s History of Milton in describing a town meeting at which it was voted that we do highly disapprove of a turnpike being made from the road at the west end of the Blew Hills to the upper bridge, as petitioned by Samuel Leonard and others. Despite this disapproval the road was completed by 1809. An act was passed in 1810 prohibiting this turnpike from collecting toll from anyone on military duty, on religious duty, coming to or from any grist mill, or on the common or ordinary business of family concerns, or from anyone who had not been out of town with a loaded team or carriage.

Wood says: It is hard at the present time to see what prospects of financial success this road ever had. It was not projected as a through route to any large place. Beyond Mattapan, which was but nothing then, the route led through and ended in unbroken woods. Another turnpike, the Stoughton, was authorized a year later, which commenced two miles south of the southerly end of the Brush Hill Turnpike, thus opening a through route from Boston to Taunton except for the two mile stretch between pikes.

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Created: January 16, 2011   Modified: April 16, 2011