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Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dresden

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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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  • It has been many years since we last visited Uncle Toms Cabin and museum. Our guide was relatively new on the job, but did a great job with the background story and information on the tour. The whole ...  more »
  • 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...  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...  more »
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  • A wonderful historic site...brought out of country guests here for an afternoon of discovery and learning...a film is shown and an onside and outside area to walk through. Very enjoyable time.
  • Wonderful historical site with an abundance of information. Very glad we came.
  • Awesome Canadian perspective on black Heritage in Ontario and the underground railroad movement in Canada
  • Who knew it was in Canada? At least, Josiah's house is. Thank you Harriet!
  • 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