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The Museum is open Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm,(11am-4pm Nov to April) and some Sundays from 1-4pm. Also other days for special events. Come see us at the cottage.

Evening entertainments at the Tollkeeper's Cottage this fall
We have invited a number of speakers to present a variety of topics Friday October 12th at 6:30 pm Robin Blackburn McBride will give an illustrated talk on her new book The Shining Fragments A family saga about the Irish in Canada that explores the ramifications of abandonment, obsession, love, memory,and visionary power.
In Toronto at the end of of the 19th century, a 10 year old Irish boy faces life alone in a new world. Free admission. Refreshments served.

Thursday November 22nd at 7 pm The Fun and Frustrations of Collecting. Personal stories by Dan Calinescu, who has one of the top collections of Dickens books and artifacts in the world. Served with tea and mince tarts. Admission $5

Thursday November 29 at 7 pm I Hear Sherlock Everywhere: Meeting Holmes on our Travels Photographs by Doug Paton, talk by Jean Paton. Served with tea, oatcakes, and cheese. Admission $5

Thursday Dec 6th at 7 pm Barbara Rusch, a very fine speaker, presents Greetings from Christmas Past, a History of the Christmas Card Served with tea and Christmas cake. Admission $5

. Stay tuned for more winter events, such as our ever popular COOKIE DAY December 15th The last day we are open until the new year

The Community History Project that manages the Tollkeeper’s Cottage Heritage site also has various collections of materials in its archives focusing on local history, places and people. We have restored and run the cottage museum for 10 years and our not-for-profit; charitable organization is celebrated its 35th Anniversary this year on June 9.

We can still use help of our supporters in the heritage community in locating a more permanent, more economical space of 500 to 1000 sq feet to house our collections or your help with increased donations to help pay for the temporary storage.


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Educational class tours (in English
or French)
or Educational adult tours can be arranged. (teachers and administrators may wish to print out the brochures referenced)

Tollkeeper's Cottage

The oldest structure
of its kind in Canada - now
a museum about tolls, roads,
and nineteenth century life
owned, restored and operated
by the
Community History Project
(now a charitable organization)

Located at the corner of
Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd.
(Toronto, ON)
in The Tollkeeper's Park.

Community groups can use the space for meetings also

Look for the Blue Canoe near our commemorative birch trees. Thanks to the wonderful people at City of Toronto Parks Department, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit for making this possible.

There are gift-type items for sale at the museum such as: maple syrup, books on local history, hand-made pure soap, apple syrup and apple butter, and other recipe collections.

We have Tollkeeper's Cottage Tee shirts for sale
We have just started selling hand-made dolls' clothes suitable for American Girl and other 18 inch dolls.
Watch yarn being spun by a spinner in period dress! Volunteers wanted

See a video tour and a virtual tour of the Cottage

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