Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tollkeeper's Cottage


 I showed you this cottage in the background of a pic of the blue canoe which is part of the Butterfly Way project. It is located at the corner of Bathurst St & Davenport Rd and served as the home for the tollkeeper who collected fees here from travelers along Davenport in the 1800s. During the 1800s private companies were allowed to collect tolls in return for building and maintaining roads and there were several of these along Davenport Rd. This cottage was built around 1835 and has quite a history if you click HERE. It was discovered a block away after a move years and years ago until finally being returned to its rightful location.

14 comments:

Tom said...

...I'm surprised that they haven't built a high rise on the site.

Andy said...

Stay away from Hwy 407. Their rates are ridiculously high. ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶

Taken For Granted said...

Interesting history of both the road and the house. I see the gate is not in good condition, and the house itself could use some maintenance. I'm sure the pandemic has not helped.

Sharon said...

That history is interesting. It's great that it has been preserved and according to your link, used often for public events.

Michelle said...

Interesting history and am glad to see that it is being preserved.

eileeninmd said...

Hello

The house has an interesting history, I am glad it is being preserved.
Take care, enjoy your day!

bill burke said...

What a wonderful story this old house has and it's still around. It's nice when people appreciate a historical buidling.

Marleen said...

The cottage is in a good condition!

21 Wits said...

It looks wonderful and I do hope they decide to keep it! Also great for school children's history field trips!

Andrew said...

It is both amazing and great that it has survived.

Revrunner said...

A toll booth you might say. :-)

William Kendall said...

Good that it is being preserved.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wonderful that this little cottage has survived Pat.. good link, it was fun trying to keep up with the writing as it scrolled down 😀

Jenn Jilks said...

Isn't that a hoot!