Our History

Nearly 100 years of excellence

Mrs. K’s Toll House Restaurant is situated in what was the last operating tollhouse in Montgomery County. Just like modern day tollgates, travelers would stop and pay a toll before using the privately owned road. The Washington-Colesville-Ashton Turnpike ran from Silver Spring to Ashton along what is now Route 29. The resident farmer, Mr. Allen, accepted the tolls of about 4 cents a horse. To the best of our knowledge this building has never been used as an inn. The only people to stay on the property over the years have been the guests and family of the toll keepers and Kreuzburgs. Between the times that the tollhouse stopped collecting tolls and became Mrs. K’s, it passed through a number of hands and was operated primarily as a roadside tavern. Rumor has it that the “inside” dining rooms were actually used for a speakeasy during prohibition. Although this fact is difficult to confirm it certainly makes for interesting story telling.

Until 1927 Blanche and Harvey Kreuzburg were operating a small restaurant on K Street in Washington D.C. It was their dream to one day own a restaurant in the country with a cozy atmosphere. As it happens they purchased the tollhouse in late 1929 and opened for business, as Mrs. K’s Toll House Tavern, on April 1, 1930. The room to the left of the front lobby, where you find the plates with Ben Franklin’s Maxims, is actually one of the original dining rooms. During the early years this room and the two carpeted dining areas were the only rooms used. About 1943 the lower porch area was enclosed for dining, and the original dining room was transformed into a small pallor or waiting area. In 1996 the parlor was returned to a dining room, to accommodate those guests who find the many steps physically challenging. This transformation has rekindled the warmth of the room and provides a wonderful seating area for smaller groups of guests. Should you require an area that is wheelchair accessible please inform the hostess when making your reservations.

Precious taste

an unforgettable experience

Every single nook and cranny at K’s is charming and unique. Whether you are looking for a cozy table for two that overlooks the gardens or enjoy the old French, wine cave atmosphere to open up a vintage wine, each and every room is exquisite!

Antiques

It’s all special, it’s all magic

Mrs. K had a passion for antiques and spent many years collecting the fine items you will see displayed throughout the house:

The Heirloom Corner houses one of the finest collections of Lutz glass in existence. This collection was featured on the cover of “Hobbies Magazine” for June 1948. A copy of this article is on display next to the collection. The intricate lace design and the exquisite colorings in the works of this 19th century glass blower have established him as one of the wonders of his trade.

Located in the Ben Franklin Room, is a large collection of plates and cups featuring “Franklin’s Maxims.” First published in Poor Richard’s Almanac these quotes were transferred to plates and mugs there to remind the reader of this remarkable man’s advice. Notice the children’s A B C plates where many a lesson in wisdom and wit were learned. Also in this room is our famous fireplace, which is a topic of many conversations.

The old English saying reads precisely as it appears. The trick is to know the old English translations:

“B” read as “Great B”, “:” read as “colon”,

“.” In the second line read as “full stop”,

“-” in the third line read as “hyphen”, and finally in the last line “*” is read as “asterisk”

Now that you know the secret give it a try. Simply read each line as it appears substituting the above items where appropriate. If you need some help please feel free to ask any of our staff (we love to translate it) or there’s a cheat sheet on the mantle.

The first of our lower dining rooms features one of the most unusual displays you will see, a window composed of Fifty-six Early American pressed glass plates. These plates represent the height of pressed glass perfection and are a tribute to the ingenuity and skill of the Early American Craftsmen. Patterns Such as the Fleur-de-lis, Nail head, Daisy and Button, Maltese Cross and many more can be easily recognized.

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