Looking forward. Looking back.

Timeline of Montgomery’s Inn

1812     Thomas Montgomery immigrates from Northern Ireland.

1830     Montgomery builds the main building and opens it as an inn.
Son William born to Thomas and his Ulster-born wife Margaret.

1833     Son Robert born. Of seven offspring, only two brothers survive.

1838     East and south wings built to add a discrete barroom, assembly room, south apartments for travellers and a ground-floor kitchen.

1847     Township Commissioners meet at the Inn for Irish famine relief.

1855     Margaret Dawson Montgomery dies, aged 47.
Thomas gives up innkeeping shortly thereafter.
He continues living in the building and rents rooms to tenants.

1877     Thomas Montgomery dies, aged 87.
Son William inherits the property and rents it to tenant farmers.

1946     Inn sold to a Presbyterian church. Most interior walls removed.

1958     First meeting of the Etobicoke Historical Society.

1962     Developer Louis Mayzel buys the Inn and plans redevelopment.
Mayzel then sells the Inn to Etobicoke Historical Society at cost.
The inn is rented to community groups for the next two years.

1965     Inn sold to the municipally appointed Etobicoke Historical Board.
Public debate over the future of the building lasts several years.

1967     The original stucco exterior is removed as a centennial project.

1972     Restoration of the interior begins, to the time period of 1847-50.
Interior partitions are reconstructed and furnishings collected.

1975     Restoration complete, the Inn opens as a community museum.

1990     Rear wing added, including offices, library and the Briarly Room.

2000     Ownership of the Inn is transferred to the City of Toronto.
The inn becomes one of 10 municipally run museums in Toronto.