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Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

21975 Ad Shadd Rd | N0P 1Y0, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N0P 1Y0, Canada
+1 519-352-4799
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Well worth the drive to Buxton!

This was a very interesting, mutli building museum documenting the history of this black settlement... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dundas, Canada
Absolutely outstanding ! A must for all Canadians ... and Americans ... to see

We were fortunate to arrive at a time where the Curator, Shannon Prince was able to guide us... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
Lorne M
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THE ELGIN SETTLEMENT, which was for many the last stop on the Underground Railroad, was founded in 1849. THE MUSEUM SITE INCLUDES the Buxton Museum, S.S. #13 Raleigh (Buxton) Schoolhouse (1861), the Colbert/Henderson Cabin (1854), and the Shadd Barn (restoration completed in 2009). Local church cemeteries (1857) are on the grounds adjacent to the museum. Facilities include a large picnic shelter and barbecue, washrooms, a wheelchair access ramp to the museum and plenty of free parking. Of special note is the Research Area, which contains resource materials, pertaining to local history and genealogy.
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21975 Ad Shadd Rd | N0P 1Y0, Chatham, Chatham-Kent, Ontario N0P 1Y0, Canada
+1 519-352-4799
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting, mutli building museum documenting the history of this black settlement established in 1850, including background history. We took the guided tour and was pleased with the comleteness of content and the enthusiatic presentation of our guide. This museum highlights a...More

Thank DRCI1075
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We were fortunate to arrive at a time where the Curator, Shannon Prince was able to guide us around, answering our questions so personably, articulately and ably. She is as much a centrepiece of this cultural 'must' as the artifacts. She brings it alive! Without...More

1  Thank Lorne M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

A little off the beaten path but a very nice little museum full of interesting items. A must see for "Black History" buffs.

Thank seegavin
Management response:Responded 12 July 2017

We are glad you enjoyed your visit! We are quite fortunate to have so many above ground Underground Railroad artifacts from that era.

Reviewed 13 April 2017

After reading Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, I knew I had to see this place. It's an amazing story and an amazing place. The museum is small but tells the story of this unusual community. There are many items which are original and...More

Thank TravelingFreeWoman
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The museum is a wonderful place to go and learn all about the underground railroad. Not sure of the hours, but if you are lucky enough to get a tour with the curator, Shannon Prince.......amazing. All of the staff at the museum are very knowledgable...More

Thank Skater67
Management response:Responded 15 March 2017

Thank you for the kind comments. We are so fortunate to have a rich history that is deeply embedded in Chatham Kent- so much to see and learn.

Reviewed 3 February 2017

Definitely one of the premier places to visit if you are touring Ontario's Underground Railroad historical sites. The curator, Shannon, gave us a personalized tour of the museum and buildings. The museum gives one a good perspective on the tragic history of enslavement in North...More

Thank Antilles_Travelers
Management response:Responded 7 February 2017

Thank you for the comments and glad you enjoyed your visit. We are so fortunate to have many Underground Railroad artifacts. This incredible story would not be complete without the Canadian story. So to be able to share that with visitors is an honour and...More

Reviewed 16 December 2016

Visitors to the Buxton Museum shudder when we see the actual shackles locked on slaves to try to keep them from escaping - but we also celebrate the strength and spirit of those who arrived in Canada and set up a thriving community. No tin...More

1  Thank CulturesmART
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We came through Chatham specifically to visit this historic site. We were lucky enough to spend time with Shannon, the museum curator, who is a direct descendent of original settlers. She shared wonderful stories and details of the settlement. We learned about the park after...More

1  Thank Patty Z
Management response:Responded 3 October 2016

Glad you enjoyed your visit! "Elijah of Buxton" has directed numerous visitors here. And people are surprised to realize there is an actual place called Buxton where they too can ring the bell of freedom.

Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is a fantastic place to visit to learn all about the Black slaves who settled here on the Underground Road. The lady who rook us on a personal tour, Shannon Prince, is a 6th generation relative of one of these free slaves. She gave...More

Management response:Responded 3 October 2016

Thank you for the kind comments. We are so fortunate to have a significant amount of above-ground resources attesting to Early African Canadian History. Even though the community isn't as highly populated as it once was, it's a living memorial to its founders and to...More

Reviewed 13 September 2016

This little hamlet is a treasure trove of information on not only the underground railroad but how the community prospered in those early days. If you have a chance to attend the homecoming weekend on labor day weekend you won't be disappointed.

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