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. We are open Saturdays from 11am to 5 pm. We look forward to having people in the museum again!
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!
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
Please confirm your space on the next tour by or query us on when the next tour is by emailing email@example.com.
Reminder: our regular membership year runs from June 1st to May 31st. If your $20 membership has lapsed, you can renew ..
WHAT ARE WE UP?
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..
PLEASE WEAR A MASK!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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
Community History Project
(now a charitable organization).
Located at the corner of
Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd.
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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