The Mississaugas of New Credit are the aboriginal landowners of Toronto who were forced out of the Toronto region after 1805 and sent to live at the Credit River (in today's City of Mississauga) until they were forced out of that area as well.

With no place left to go, as all of their other lands in southern Ontario had been taken over by the government, they were invited by Chief Joseph Brant to go to live on part of the lands given by government to the United Empire Loyalist Five Nations League (now the Six Nations Confederacy).

These lands along the Grand River were originally Mississauga lands for which they have not been paid, and in 1923 when the New Credit Mississaugas received some government money under the Williams Treaty, they bought two blocks of the Grand River tract from the Six Nations - in effect buying back from the Six Nations their own land for which the government has still not paid them. The two blocks where they live today are called the New Credit Reserve located near Hagerville, ON.
Cottage Sketch
A Community History Project site
Tollkeeper's Cottage Mementos

Tickets: $15 per lecture or $50 for the series of four. They can be purchased Saturdays at the museum (10 am - 5 pm), from a CHP member or by calling 416-515-7546 or just pick them up at the lecture (if room available). Tickets are limited to a maximum of 30 people per lecture.

Where: The Tollkeeper's Cottage, NW corner of Bathurst and Davenport.

When: Starting promptly at 7 pm.

There will be a break part way through the evening for tea or coffee. After each lecture, the lecturer will accept questions from the audience.

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The Tollkeeper’s Cottage is a museum wholly owned and operated by the Community History Project – a local history society serving on a volunteer basis. The museum is in a restored historic building dating from around 1835 and is a rare remnant from the beginning of the 19th century tolling system in Upper Canada. The restoration has been to the building’s earliest start – 1835 – but has been furnished with antiques up to 180 when a family of nine lived in the building’s three rooms.. Designated by the City of Toronto, the Tollkeeper’s Cottage is of national significance as it is the only historic tollhouse known to have survived into the present time, and it is also rare for its vertical plank construction. In period dress, trained docents are on duty every Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm (4pm winter--closed between Christmas and New Year) and will take visitors on a tour for a modest donation. The museum is not subsidized by governments and raises its own operating costs through these donations and various fundraising programmes. Some items now part of the museum are extremely rare and interesting, but you will have to visit to find out what they are! And yes, very selected furnishings are still being accepted into the collection but only after being vetted by an expert.
Additional Events and details are provided here and on the bulletin board at the Cottage as soon as they become available

Some of the annual programmes offered at the museum are: a series of lectures by experts in a spring and fall series on various historical subjects, knitting, rug-braiding, a Food Focus series of events featuring indigenous Canadian foods (berries, nuts, etc. and actual recipes using these foods as taken from historic sources. Special arrangements can be made for school classes, seniors and other group tours or special programmes preferably by emailing or calling 416-515-7546 and leaving a message for rates and dates. The modern addition to the historic building can also be rented for special events such as meetings, receptions. The museum is open at special times throughout the years, for example for selected Wednesday evening lectures. Visit this website periodically to learn more about these and other events. Contacting us by email at is much preferable as we don't check the phone as often. – .

article in Town Crier by Eric Emin Wood about the cottage.

Watch this site for changing tidbits on local history, announcements of new programmes etc.

Virtual tour of the cottage (thanks to Andrew Jones)





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Please be aware that 2019 memberships are available.


Evening entertainments at the Tollkeeper's Cottage this fall
We have invited a number of speakers to present a variety of topics

Thursday November 22nd at 7 pm

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

And on Sunday, November 25, 7 pm: Erin, Jeannette and Ronnie tell their immigration stories over traditional treats and lantern light while the holidays are approaching: Three women of different backgrounds and eras tell their immigration stories around the lamp-lit table while they prepare for the holidays. A time of sharing both treats and tales, during the time of the year our hearts are full of memories. Join us while we remember an Irish Christmas after the potato famine, a first Hanukkah in the ward, early 1900’s, and an Italian Christmas in Toronto during the depression. $5 plus a non-perishable food donation

Wednesday, November 28, 7:00 pm: Shane Camastro, who planted and cares for the gardens on the north side of the Tollkeeper’s Cottage, will discuss the uses of some native plants and their significance to the indigenous community; served with garden juice and buttered bannock. $5

Thursday Nov 29th 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
December 15th
The last day we are open until the new year












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