The Shunpike marker marks the location on the Deerfield River in Charlemont where local residents forded the river to avoid turnpike fees.
To the Thrifty Travelers of the
Mohawk Trail who in 1797 here
forded the Deerfield River rather
than pay toll at the Turnpike Bridge
and who in 1810 won the battle for
free travel on all Massachusetts
There is a nearby rest area with access to the river and day use facilities.