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.
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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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 Sept/Oct 2022  

 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS:


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PHOTO EVENT: TAKE A SHOT OF "THE PLACE THAT I'VE ALWAYS PASSED BY BUT HAVE NEVER COME IN"
THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST COMMON PHRASE WE HEAR FROM NEW VISITORS WHO FINALLY MAKE IT INTO THE TOLLKEEPER'S COTTAGE! NOW WE HAVE AN EVENT THAT WILL CELEBRATE OUR LITTLE MUSEUM.  MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO USE THEIR CAMERA OR PHONE TO TAKE AN INTERESTING SHOT OF THE COTTAGE.
It all goes to a good cause! We had a roof that was crumbling and leaking and found an amazing company that was able to replace the old shakes in the traditional, heritage manner that our Cottage needed. We are asking for a bit of help with the cost, while giving you an opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and get some exposure of your work through our media as well as in a possible show at a venue in the neighbourhood.  

Here's how it works:
1. Submit your photo taken by camera or cellphone in JPEG format.
2.Photos can be any subject but must be taken outside the Cottage and must include at least a part of the Cottage (old Cottage or western addition) in the picture. If you are here on a Saturday, you may use our "props" of the rooster or crows in the foreground.
3. This event is open to all ages.
4. Please send by e-transfer to tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com an entrance fee of $10. in support of the Cottage (or stop by at the Cottage with cash).
5. You have the month of September to send your photo and fee. The end date will be Friday September 30, 2022.
6. Photos will be shown on our website, Facebook or other media* with your name and optional photo caption.
7. We may display printed versions of the photos on our outside display board or a local venue such as a library.
8. Your friends are eligible too! Invite them to participate.

* Once you have paid the fee, we will ask you to complete a form confirming permission to use your photo.
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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30 AT 2:00 PM
THE NATIONAL DAY OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
A FREE EVENT AND COLLABORATION WITH OUR FRIENDS THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S SOLIDARITY GROUP AND THE NATIONAL HEALING FOREST PROJECT IN TOLLKEEPER'S PARK

Two elders will share some of their mothers' stories as Residential School Survivors, joined by 416 singers, drum and dancers. Tollkeeper's Park will be recognized as a National Healing Forests site, acknowledging the long friendship between the Community History Project (Tollkeeper's Cottage) and the Mississaugas of the Credit. After the ceremony, tea and bannock will be served in the Tollkeeper's Cottage garden. Activities for children will be provided.  
GREAT FEEDBACK ABOUT OUR WALKS
Thank you so much to Bea Hunter and Erin Shaw, our very enthusiastic leaders of many historic walks in our area. Seaton Village and one other walk are scheduled for September with two others in October. Check our website for details: www.tollkeeperscottage.ca.

Here are a few comments that we've received about the walks from the last three months. Thank you to our enthusiastic participants for your positive attitudes and hardy constitutions!

"There is nothing better than a Tollkeeper's walk to meet new friends; get exercise and fresh air; and be astounded at the history and vibrancy of our neighbourhoods. Join us!" D.V.

"Yes, Yes Yes....the walks are an important contribution to our understanding of the history of our communities and school kids and our local MPP Jill Andrews and Myseum (our city history museum) should all be involved in these walks as it takes the local history of your neighborhood out of the boring classroom and into real life!" A.R.

"Take a relaxing walk with one of the well-informed guides from the Tollkeeper’s Cottage and learn some fun, interesting, quirky things you never, ever suspected about some Toronto neighbourhoods." S.F.

"The walks are a great way to learn about local history, and see parts of a neighbourhood you might walk through every day and not notice. They're lots of fun and a great thing to bring someone to." P.H.
ACKNOWLEDGING AN IMPORTANT EVENT OR REMEMBERING A LOVED ONE'S PASSING? 

For every donation of this kind, we would be happy to send a postcard of the Albert Cox painting of the Cottage, a copy of which is hanging in our educational room. We will give the recipient your name and the fact that you have made a donation to memorialize the event or passing. It's a way to direct your thoughts and funds to an appreciation of Toronto's built heritage! Of course, we have appreciated those generous and stalwart friends of the Cottage who have included the Cottage in their will.
   
SEPTEMBER 17 WEAVING WORKSHOP: We have a variety of looms, and can show you how to start with a simple, re-purposed meat tray to make a bracelet or ring. You can use our fluorescent beads to add sparkle to your creation! 
 


IN MID SEPTEMBER ORANGE T-SHIRTS, adults' and children's sizes will be available at the Cottage, with an "Every Child Matters" logo to commemorate September 30 Truth and Reconciliation Day. $25. + HST with a portion to go to the Anishnawbe Health Foundation.

 
RECONSTITUTING NATURAL MATERIALS FOR RE-USE: Here is Mical, busy at work hammering in a rebar. She is making a "hugel mound" on the north east side of the property. The design was originally pioneered by Sepp Holzer and involves developing what is effectively a raised bed, filled with rotten wood and materials that would otherwise go to waste to create a hi

 

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

Email tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com

 

 



We have some new and updated Slideshows on the site!! (Thanks to all ).. You can find them here

 

 

You too can be a member of the Community History Project! It’s only $20 a year. Just mail in or email us your membership fee to this address

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 next February.

 

 


Event Background

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 mostly with antiques up to 1860 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 (non pandemic) 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 that may be 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 tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com 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. The museum has events such as Victoria Day Tea, St. Patrick's Day Tea, December Cookie sale, Strawberry Social. Visit this website periodically to learn more about these and other events. We usually have the activities for the next two months in more detail on this page.

Watch this site for changing tidbits on local history, announcements of new programmes etc. You may wish to watch some of our slide shows showing the restoration process, educational programs, activities and even our gift shop.


Virtual tour of the cottage (thanks to Andrew Jones)


 

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