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Uncle Tom's Cabin & Historic Site

COVID Notice: The site is currently closed but virtual events and activities are being offered in 2020.

​Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site recognizes the accomplishments of Josiah Henson through interpretive videos, interactive exhibits, numerous artifacts and tours reflecting the Black experience in Canada.  Visitors can browse through the Josiah Henson Interpretive Centre, featuring the Underground Railroad Freedom Gallery and North Star Theatre. This is where the story begins as the history of freedom seekers, from being taken from Africa and enslaved in the United States, to finding freedom in Canada is shared. 

Step inside the 1859 Pioneer Church, and see the organ and pulpit from the original church where Reverend Henson actually preached from in Dresden. Located steps away the Josiah Henson House, where Henson and his wife, Nancy, lived during the latter part of their lives. This house was restored to the circa 1850 period, and walking through, seeing the furniture, kitchen, and accessories gives a glimpse into simpler times. The Smokehouse and Sawmill each share a look into the lives of how life was, and are true legacies to the early pioneer lifestyle. Finally, a walk through the Henson Family Cemetery unveils the Josiah Henson memorial stone and National Historic placard.  

Each August Civic Holiday weekend the site hosts Emancipation Day, with various speakers, performers, exhibits and cuisine reflecting early Black life in Ontario.  Black History Month programming takes place each February. The museum is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust.