Hillsdale tollhouse on Route 23 could reopen
Jan 30, 2015 12:02 am
Tobiah Black in The Columbia Paper reports that the current owner of a Route 23 tollhouse would like to donate the property to the town. Hillsdale historian Peter Cipkowski reports he was, “stunned to see so much original detail” preserved at the building, which was originally part of a turnpike from Hartford, CT, to Sheffield, MA, and Hudson. It is similar to the Columbia Turnpike-West Tollhouse in Greenport, according to the story. Highway Superintendent Richard Briggs and others, at a recent town meeting, remembered people living in the tollhouse around 20 years ago. Cipkowski asked the board, “to decide whether this is something [they] want to take on,” and told them that determining if the building is worth historic preservation could take from six months to three years. Cipkowski said that he had conferred with representatives of Historic Hillsdale, the Roeliff-Janssen Historical Society, the Austerlitz Historical Society, and the Greenport Historical Society about the tollhouse. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.