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
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.
WHAT ARE WE UP TO THIS SPRING AND SUMMER?
We have an interesting line-up of activities to get us back to socializing (all things permitting). We'll have a mix of the old and the new. We'll herald our new garden at the end National Pollinator Week in June with a chance to show off the new plantings. We'll also do a trivia evening, scavenger hunt and much more!
Members of the Community History Project can join one of our docents on our guided neighbourhood walks. And as a member, you can bring a friend on the walk! If you would like details of upcoming walks in Seaton Village, Tarragon Village, the Christie Pits area, the West Annex, the Casa Loma area, or the East Annex, email us! We will add you to the list of local history enthusiasts and let you know of dates and times!'
Reminder: our regular membership year runs from June 1st to May 31st. If your $20 membership has lapsed, or hasn't happened yet, you can renew and it would last for a year
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 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 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.