According to tradition, the Marquis de Lafayette marched his colonial troops from the north into Richmond on portions of present-day Brook Road late in April 1781. Established in 1812, the Brook Turnpike Company constructed a turnpike along this route from Richmond to Dabney Williamson's tavern in the vicinity of present-day Solomons Store in Henrico County. It was one of the earliest toll roads in Virginia and it improved the transport of goods between Richmond and the northern region of Virginia. Over time portions of Brook Road, now a part of U.S. Route 1, have shifted to its current local and configuration.
Date Approved by DHR: 03/19/04
Year On Marker: 2004
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Richmond, VA 23227. Located on Brook Road (Hwy 1), 0.5 miles north of the intersection of Brook Road (Hwy 1) and I-95. Marker is on the right when traveling north on Brook Road (Hwy 1).
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