The article is based on a toll receipt book kept by Veselik's great-great-grandfather, Robert B. Allen, of Smyth County. Allen was a toll gate keeper east of Marion along the Southwestern Turnpike. It also places the Southwest Turnpike in the larger context of transportation development in the region, the state, and the nation.
This map, entitled "Pictorial Map of Wythe County, 1790-1850," originally was displayed in the upper hall of F.B. Kegley’s home, Rose Hill Farm, north of Wytheville. According to notes written by Mr. Kegley, the map was commissioned for a contest put on by the Virginia DAR. The artwork for the map was created by Elizabeth Waller Wilkins, a local artist who worked with Mr. Kegley on other projects. The roads shown on the map are from the time period prior to the Civil War. The houses depicted are drawn from photographs that were in many cases taken by Mr. Kegley.