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Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

COVID Notice: The site will be open Wednesday through Sunday in September with three bookable tours per day. These time slots are 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30. Tours will last 50 minutes maximum and you will be with a guide for the entirety of your visit here. At this time, we will take tours with no more than ten people. When you are booked in, we will ask you a small series of questions, including ways to contact you and where you will be visiting from. We are not accepting walk-ins 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 come face to face with and 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 tasting 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.

Inside the log cabin, let the spirits of the past take you back to a time when the space was filled with the familiar sound of families. 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, in 2020, Homecoming is going virtual! Stay tuned for more details.