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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn

Out by Islington and Dundas Ave there lies Montgomery Inn.
Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn
The tavern liscenced in 1848 to the Montgomery family "To keep the House known by the sign of the Plough". It didn't used to be part of Toronto. In fact it was about a half days travel from the city at the time. It was a place where travelers and farmers would stop on the way and from visiting the city. Some to trade others just traveling. Unfortunately I missed the sign of the Plough, apparently original and saved by neighbours. I arrived late in the afternoon on a Sunday that had me going from sunrise practically.
I took a couple pictures of the exterior and made my way to the modern entrance that leads to the kitchen. The old inn itself has very little modern renovations. A smoke detector here and there, but nothing else. There was a lady cooking in the kitchen on the fire place itself. Talking about the way things were done and things they had to keep an eye on.

Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery InnDoors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn
After the kitchen I made my way to the tavern room where the gents would hang out after a long day in the field. Along with a few travelers. All the furniture here is of the rough variety. Nothing of worth would be placed here. The current furniture is all semi-period pieces. Not many of the original furniture items were left to the Inn when it changed hands before it became a historic building.

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Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery InnDoors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn
Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery InnDoors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn

Upstairs from the tavern was the public rooms and beds. I keep having to watch my head in these areas. No head room at all.

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After this I wandered through the downstairs portion of the family areas and back into the kitchen where I took a look at the pantry and washing area.

Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery InnDoors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn

Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery InnDoors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn
Doors Open Toronto: Montgomery InnDoors Open Toronto: Montgomery Inn
Well that's it for the inn. Tomorrow I think I will finish the week off with Osgoode Hall.

Paladin Phil

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