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
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)