Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, Chatham

(5/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The museum is a wonderful place to go and learn all about the underground railroad. Not sure of the hours, but if you are lucky enough to get a tour with the curator, Shannon Prince.......amazing. All...  more »
  • Definitely one of the premier places to visit if you are touring Ontario's Underground Railroad historical sites. The curator, Shannon, gave us a personalized tour of the museum and buildings. The mus...  more »
  • Visitors to the Buxton Museum shudder when we see the actual shackles locked on slaves to try to keep them from escaping - but we also celebrate the strength and spirit of those who arrived in Canada ...  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.