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  • Opening of the Cottage July 1 2008
The Tollkeeper's Bulletin
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. We are open Saturdays  from 11am to 5 pm.    We look forward to having people in the museum again!

The results of  Our Photo Event Fall 2022 are in!  Click here to see in a new windowl

OUR TRADITIONAL COOKIE DAY DECEMBER 10 A   variety of delicious treats including sugar cookies, shortbread,   refrigerator cookies, decorated and plain. As well you can browse our   usual beautiful hats, scarves and mitts and neighbourhood walking   booklets for Seaton Village, the Annex, and our new Christie Pits Walk.   We'll have our door snakes, dryer balls and new stained glass   treasures...

LIONS AND TIGERS AND --OH, MY! DECEMBER 17 We're   evoking Dickens' Pickwick Papers in an evening of ghostly tales told   just the way the Victorians liked to do. Suspend your disbelief and come   and tremble!

RAMP AND ROOF: If you've walked or cycled past the Cottage lately, you've seen workers on top! YES, we're getting a new roof! After much deliberation, negotiating, comparing, and discernment of appropriate roofing material and process, we found a company that  has expertise in providing a sensitive and appropriate replacement to maintain the integrity of the Tollkeeper's Cottage as a heritage building; namely, by using cedar shakes, nailed in by hand.
OUR FORMERLY WEAK AND UNSTABLE RAMP HAS BEEN PARTLY REBUILT: thanks to volunteers Tony and Margaret Reyes, Max Gross and Board Member Ed Janiszewski. Thank you for helping us to remain securely wheelchair accessible.
THE DETERIORATING TOLL GATE HAS BEEN REBUILT: If you peak through the construction fencing, you'll see a freshly painted sparkling white toll gate, rebuilt thanks to our Board Member Bill Kindree and former Board Member Terry Marescaux. Great work!

NEW WALK!  Members of the Community History Project can join one of our docents on our guided neighbourhood walks.  And as a member, you can bring a friend on the walk! 

 We have an upcoming walking tours:  The tours should take between 1 hour and 1 hour & 30 mins. All the tours will end near a busy street/intersection or a TTC stop/subway station, and Erin can offer you directions.

Please confirm your space on the next tour by or query us on when the next tour is by emailing rinty78@hotmail.com.

Reminder: our regular membership year runs from June 1st to May 31st.  If your $20 membership has lapsed, you can renew  ..

We have an interesting line-up of activities to get us back to socializing (all things permitting). We'll have a mix of the old and the new. We are enjoying our new garden and its pollinators We'll also do a trivia evening, scavenger hunt and much more!

   There is a sign cottage open , on the lawn when the cottage is open..

Take a tour of the cottage..



Jane Beecroft our founder, passed away Oct  10 2021.


We have some new and updated slide shows on the site!. Please check them out here.

We also added two little buttons next to this scroller so you can go back if this scroller is too fast for you!

Please keep us in mind during this season. If you would like to make a donation or pay a membership fee, you can now do it in the modern way online! We can now receive an e-transfer at our email address! Donations and membership fees will receive an income tax receipt in February.

Send us an Email to tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com . Thanks for your support..

The Community History Project that manages the Tollkeeper's Cottage Heritage site has various collections of materials in its archives focusing on local history, places and people. We have restored and run the cottage museum for 12+ years and our not-for-profit; charitable organization.

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)

The 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 Credit for making this possible.

There are gift-type items for sale at the museum such as: books on local history, hand-made pure soap, knitted wear, walking tour guides, 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.

Volunteers wanted eg we need a spinner volunteer-- so people can watch us spin yarn.

See a video tour and a virtual tour of the Cottage

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