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.

2015 Video of the cottage (thanks to David Stringer)



Aug 8



Please be aware that 2015-2016 memberships are available. If you wish to join, there is a form at the end of the AGM announcement.. ' . Here is new tour (thanks Andrew Jones) of the cottage (also may be visible from local google search of "tollkeepers cottage")

Lorraine Boissoneault will be coming to the Tollkeeper’s cottage on
Monday August 8th at 7 pm
to tell us about her new book,

The Last Voyageurs:
Retracing La Salle's Journey Across America:
16 Teenagers on an Adventure of a Lifetime

  She will have copies of the book to sell.
Here is what Lorraine has to say about her book :
“The Last Voyageurs, recently published by Pegasus Books, recounts a true story I think you may be interested in: that of  24 young men who canoed 3,300 miles across North America dressing, eating, and acting like 17th-century Frenchmen. The 1976 re-enactment– which was organized by high school French teacher Reid Lewis – followed the route of French explorer La Salle, the first European to travel all the way down the Mississippi River. It’s a route the men covered in replica birchbark canoes, and they passed through Toronto on foot, with their gear, following the historic portage route. They also spent several nights camping at Fort York.
Over the course of the re-enactment, the young men battled storms on the Great Lakes, walked more than 500 miles across the Midwest during one of the coldest winters of the 20th century, and overcame near-death experiences to reach the end of their journey.
Admission $10 at the cottage.

Keep tuned for our Fall schedule of lectures as well as a canoe visit by the DAVENPORTAGERS Sun September 18..










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