Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, Chatham

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The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum is a tribute to the Elgin Settlement, established in 1849 by Rev. William King and an association which included Lord Elgin, then the Governor General of Canada. King, a former slave owner turned abolitionist, purchased 9000acre of crown land in Southwestern Ontario and created a haven for fugitive slaves and free Blacks.King brought 15 of his former slaves with him where they could live a free life. The Elgin settlement was divided into 50acre lots. These sold for $2.50/acre, with six percent interest, and could be paid over the course of ten years. For many fugitive slaves, the Buxton settlement was the final stop on the Underground Railroad from the United States.Opened in 1967, the museum complex includes the main building with exhibits about the community and its history, an 1861 schoolhouse, an 1854 log cabin, and a barn. Local historic church cemeteries are adjacent to the museum. The museum is located in North Buxton, Ontario, near South Buxton in Chatham-Kent.Photographs
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  • October 2, 2017
    This was a very interesting, mutli building museum documenting the history of this black settlement established in 1850, including background history. We took the guided tour and was pleased with the ...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    We were fortunate to arrive at a time where the Curator, Shannon Prince was able to guide us around, answering our questions so personably, articulately and ably. She is as much a centrepiece of this ...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    A little off the beaten path but a very nice little museum full of interesting items. A must see for "Black History" buffs.  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Excellent historical information. Our guide was fantastic and kept the adults and children engaged. I highly recommend visting the Buxton National Historic Site!
  • August 14, 2013
    The most touching tour I have ever taken. Many of the volunteers at the museum are descendants of the original settlers. It was a very personal glimpse into a community that influenced leaders in both America and Canada. This museum is well worth the drive.
  • May 24, 2016
    How did people live at that time?
  • March 21, 2009
    The result for Buxton National Historic Site & Museum‎, that points to the corner of Cecil and Warwick is wrong. This is the wrong town. The museum is in North Buxton, to the west, not Ridgetown.

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