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Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dresden

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 30 reviews on the web
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is an open-air museum and African American history centre near Dresden, Ontario, Canada, that includes the home of Josiah Henson, a former slave, author, abolitionist, and minister, who, through his 1849 autobiography The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, was the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's title character in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. The 5-acre complex is part of the original 200 acres of land purchased in 1841 to establish the Dawn Settlement, a community for escaped slaves.

The original Henson cabin was located on a different location nearby and opened as a museum in the 1940s by an area farmer, William Chapple. The house was moved to the existing location in 1964 by J.D. Thomson, and subsequently was owned and operated by Kent County, Ontario and then the St. Clair Parkway Commission. Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site has been owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust since 2005.

Site facilities include:

Josiah Henson House - Josiah Henson lived in the cabin during much of his time in the area, from 1841 until his death in 1883.
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  • I grew up in Chatham and have since moved West. Our kids, born in Saskatchewan, have not been exposed to this important part of Canadian history. It was important to me that we visit the site. Staff w...  read more »
  • We enjoyed the film and the buildings that you could tour on the site. Was a little disappointed that we were not allowed the time to see the display set up in the film room. We were quickly ushered o...  read more »
  • I had no idea of Ontario's connection to Uncle Tom's Cabin. Very well designed displays and exhibits. Not much is mentioned about this Museum and finding it was a pleasant surprise. There is a surpris...  read more »
  • Josiah Henson was a former slave who's multi-volume autobiography was the basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'. His work to create the Dawn Settlement and to assist newly escaped slaves learn trades and make new lives in the freedom of Ontario, should be applauded and taught to school children when they are told of the underground railway. The site is not huge and has some of the original buildings but the historical displays are worth seeing. This is a truly important North American cultural site
  • Nice staff, quiet place.Fee for adult is $7.
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