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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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  • We came through Chatham specifically to visit this historic site. We were lucky enough to spend time with Shannon, the museum curator, who is a direct descendent of original settlers. She shared wonde...  more »
  • This is a fantastic place to visit to learn all about the Black slaves who settled here on the Underground Road. The lady who rook us on a personal tour, Shannon Prince, is a 6th generation relative o...  more »
  • This little hamlet is a treasure trove of information on not only the underground railroad but how the community prospered in those early days. If you have a chance to attend the homecoming weekend on...  more »
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  • 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.
  • How did people live at that time?
  • 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.