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.
A Community History Project site
The tollkeeper's cottage
is located in The Tollkeeper's Park on the northwest corner of Davenport Road and Bathurst Street, Toronto,
W079°25'00.8" ± 6m].
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Food Focus Days:
The earliest settlers survived because of the indigenous foods they learned about from the local indians. In due
course, they introduced new species brought from the old world as their farms and gardens developed.
Food Focus Days are held at the tollkeeper's cottage from 11am to 5pm (or
until sold out). Visitors receive a free brochure, and may purchase the foods featured that day plus historic
recipes using that food. Also offered at a special price are copies of Dorothy Duncan's history book on
Canadian food: Nothing More Comforting: Canada's Heritage Food (which contains recipes).
Tollkeeper's Walking Tours:
These are repeats of the series given in May of the four corners around
the tollkeeper's cottage, one area at a time. All the tours begin at
the tollkeeper's cottage at 2pm and last approximately two
hours. Tours 3 and 4 (northwest and northeast) involve walking up hills.
Each tour costs $5, or passes for all four are $18. Tours are "rain or shine".
Mementos of the tollkeeper's cottage
Help support the project - and reward yourself - with a little bit of Toronto's history. Available from CHP
- see Contact Us page.
Souvenir Cut Nails: $10 each.
Salvaged from The tollkeeper's cottage as it was being stripped down, these
are rusty handmade nails dating from about 1835 which could not be re-used in the restoration work - on a card
with some history - makes a nice gift of some authentic history.
Cedar Shavings: $5 per large bag.
Produced by the volunteers who made the shakes for the roof, these shavings vary from strips to bits and are
good for garden mulch, fire starters, or may be reduced in size mechanically for composting.
Cedar Sachets: $3 each.
Little bags of tiny cedar bits to scent and mothproof a clothes closet, made by volunteers.
Maple Syrup: $9 per 300ml
Each year CHP orders fresh syrup from the Beaver Valley and sells small bottles all year after the Sweet
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
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.
watch this space for new activities, or just come be on
Saturdays to have a tour of the cottage, or say Hi.
January was a
time when the Cottage is quite dark and chilly! It was good time for us to super clean all those
cobwebs and dust off the artifacts, check and polish the antiques to keep them in good shape for
2023! Not to mention a time to give a short break to our docents who have worked hard and devoted
their Saturdays and some Sundays to our beloved museum.
PHOTO EVENT: Our Photo Event 2022.... the pictures are
Thank you for all who participated in the Photo event the fall of
Here are a few comments that we've received about the
walks we hold in the warmer 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!"
"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
"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."
"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
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
Our membership year is now January to December. Your membership fee of $20 individual or
$35. per family will get you one whole year of membership, voting at the Annual Meeting in March or April,
and an opportunity to run for the Board of Directors. Any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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 email@example.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)