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)



Feb, Mar2018




Sun Mar 4, 11

March 4,11

Please be aware that 2018 memberships are available.

February and March are Knit & Crochet Months
We have ideas for you. Email us, or just drop in.
Learn from scratch,
or get help with more advanced techniques - such as
- turning a heel
- Kitchener stitch (aka grafting)
- stranded knitting (e.g.Fair Isle)
- reading a chart
- cables (they're really easy!)

Make your clothes last longer. Bring in an old favourite and try tricks like
- darning a sock
- turning a collar
- repairing a seam
Make simple gifts for children or adults.
- a crocheted flower for their hair
- a stuffed toy
- a pair of fingerless mittens

Come in any Saturday in February or March between 11 and 4.

Sun March 4 and Sunday March 11 from 1pm to 2pm, Peter Meyler, author and researcher, will present the story of the turbulant life of John "Daddy" Hall, in the early 1800's. There will be an exhibition also open from 12 noon until 4 each day.

Hall was said to have had 21 children and 6 wives over his 118 year life. But those aren't the most remarkable things about John Hall. Discover this African-Ojibwa warrior, Tecumseh scout, Kentucky slave, Black militiaman and Toronto resident.

Part of the 2018 Myseum Intersections Festival


March 17 ..And in March we will have our traditional St. PATRICK'S DAY TEA on Saturday March 17 with Irish Soda Bread! $7 per person..













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