COVID Notice: The site is currently closed but virtual events and activities are being offered in 2021.
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.
Step inside the 1859 Pioneer Church and see the organ and pulpit from the original church where Reverend Henson actually preached. Located steps away, the Josiah Henson House, where Henson and his wife, Nancy, lived during the later years of their lives. This house has been restored to the circa 1850s period, and walking through, seeing the furniture, kitchen, and accessories gives a glimpse into simpler times. The smokehouse and sawmill each offer a look into the past, and are true legacies to the early pioneer lifestyle. Finally, a walk through the Henson Family Cemetery features 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.