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Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

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Wonderful! Enlightening!

Had a private tour with Kimberly. So informative! She brought the entire era to life. So hard to... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2018
Listowel, Canada
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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 October 2, 2017
Dundas, Canada
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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...more
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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 October 2, 2018

We really enjoyed our visit and we were given a personal tours of all the relevant sites. Always a good idea to be reminded of our past as a safe haven for fleeing slaves.

Thank whatever2015
ShannonP1927, Manager at Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

thank you for your visit. And you are right that sometimes we need to be reminded of our past history so as not to repeat it.

Reviewed July 1, 2018

The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum is about 20 minutes south of Chatham. The location has an older home, a barn and museum, along with a schoolroom and church to visit and tour. Highlights often overlooked Canadian history. Great for an afternoon visit. Requires...More

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

We were fortunate to join a small group also visiting this museum, and got the tour of the small settler's cabin & the schoolhouse on the site, which was used by the community until the mid 1960's. I was pleasantly surprised to see a former...More

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Reviewed June 19, 2018

We took my Australian relatives to the Buxton Museum. It had some very interesting buildings and we were all impressed with the knowledge of the guide who was a 6th generation descendant of slaves.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

Had a private tour with Kimberly. So informative! She brought the entire era to life. So hard to believe that situations like that could have been real, even though we know them to be true. You have to see it! I can’t tell you how...More

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Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

I grew up in the area and was somewhat familar with the history of the settlement but it was fascinating to hear the story told. I took my nephews who are 11, 12, and 13 years old and love history; they had the opportunity to...More

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Shannon P, Manager at Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2017

Thank you for you comments and glad your nephews learned some more about Canadian history. And also thank you for the wheelchair accessible comment. We are in the process of creating a wheelchair accessible from the museum to the various buildings. But we also have...More

Reviewed October 2, 2017

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 August 21, 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 July 10, 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 July 12, 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 April 13, 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

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