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.
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 (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.
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 or calling 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. Contacting us by email at email@example.com – .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.
Virtual tour of the cottage (thanks to Andrew Jones)