Tollkeeper’s Cottage

Type: Museum

Owned and operated by the Community History Project, this restored cottage preserves the history of nineteenth century working-class life and local road systems.


Conservation / Preservation:


The cottage itself is Ontario’s oldest-known example of the rare “vertical plank construction.” Only a handful of extant structures in Ontario were built in this unique style.


The cottage grounds have been planted with species indegenous to the area or with plants and flowers the pioneers would have brought with them in the nineteenth century.

Public Programming:


  • The cottage is decorated with many furnishings unique to the mid nineteenth century.
  • Docents in period dress describe the road system and life of ordinary Torontonians of the 19th century,

Educational Programming

  • School groups can arrange visits to the cottage.
  • Evening lectures.
  • Workshops on knitting, rug braiding, and other heritage skills.


  • Check the website for special events such as Strawberry Socials and Victoria Day Tea.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

This museum accepts volunteers to care for the grounds and act as docents.

Address & Contact Information:

Mailing Address
c/o Spadina Library,

10 Spadina Rd., M5R 3S7,

Toronto, ON

Phone: 416-515-7546

Hours of Operation:

Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (during the Summer) and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (during the Winter).

Key Words: neighbourhood, transportation