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Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

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. Stay tuned for more details.