A piece of history goes up for sale

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FREDERICTON, N.B. — A Dartmouth, N.S., firm is selling a little piece of New Brunswick history by auctioning off toll booths removed from new Moncton-Fredericton highway.

The buildings were once used to collect tolls on the Moncton-Fredericton highway are now being sold by Woody’s Auctions for a price of $950. To put the price in perspective, if used as a blueberry stand like the ones that do a brisk business across many parts of the country at this time of year, that equals 380 baskets of berries at a price of $2.50.

Beverly Woodfield, the auction company’s co-owner bought six of the eight toll booths the New Brunswick government recently auctioned off. The Department of Transportation said they received around $500 each.

Woodfield said her company’s interest in the booths is strictly business, but the historical significance of the buildings wasn’t lost on her.

“I wish we could say the same thing about toll booths being history here in Nova Scotia. I think New Brunswick did the right thing, toll highways are a nuisance,” she says.

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