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Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

COVID Notice: The site will be open Wednesday through Sunday with three bookable tours per day. These time slots are 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours will last 50 minutes and you will be with a guide for the entirety of your visit. At this time, tours will be a maximum of ten people. When you are booked in, we will ask you a small series of questions, including ways to contact you and where you are visiting from. Walk-ins are not being accepted at this time. 


Ring the Liberty Bell and begin your journey into an epic story of how former Black slaves found freedom in Chatham-Kent. As Ontario's second largest national historic site, visitors will tour one of the last standing schoolhouses, an 1852 log cabin, 1853 barn, church, cemetery and museum. Visitors are encouraged to step inside and let the emotional history of the past wash over them, through guided tours offered by descendants of the first settlers or through self-guided tours.

Feel the weight of slavery shackles used to transport captured slaves, step into the wooden crate many slaves were transported in while escaping slavery, and take in the heroic tales of freedom. Inside the one-room schoolhouse, visitors can sit in the desks once filled with students of varying ages as they took lessons in math and reading.

Each Labour Day Weekend, Buxton Homecoming features events focused around family, friends and homecoming. 

For hours of operation and admission rates, view the museum's website. This year Homecoming is going virtual! Stay tuned for more details. 

COVID-19 Notice: Please check before you visit, as some sites and activities may not be fully operational. Continue to follow the advice of CK Public Health, maintain physical distancing, wear a mask, and follow all provincial COVID-19 guidelines.