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Chatham-Kent

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Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Explore some traditional Doors Open Chatham-Kent sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

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Buxton National Historic Site and Museum Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

This site encompasses the 3,642 hectares (9,000 acres) that made up the Elgin settlement, established in 1849 by Rev. William King. Find a brief description of the museum in the video below. The complex includes a restored 1861 schoolhouse and a church and cemetery dating from 1866. The site is also one of the few remaining African-Canadian settlements from the era before the American Civil War. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore Ontario’s Black heritage through this online resource, and check out this video on the Underground Railroad as well as this Archives of Ontario documentary that explores the history of the Black community in Buxton.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

21975 A.D. Shadd Road
North Buxton, Ontario
www.buxtonmuseum.com

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Saturday October 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum Doors Open Chatham-Kent

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Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum

The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society is dedicated to the discovery, research and preservation of Chatham-Kent’s Black history. In the early 1800s, Black families settled along McGregor’s Creek in the town known then as The Forks. The village soon became a haven for runaway slaves and, by 1850, its population was one-third Black. Blacks in Chatham thrived in business, education, medicine, sport and literary and cultural arts. News of their success attracted Blacks to the area from across North America. The history of Blacks in early Chatham is not only of local significance; but their contribution and participation in Southwestern Ontario over the years has also left a fundamental impression on the national landscape. During Digital Doors Open, watch this video to learn more about the history of Chatham. Discover some of the museum's online exhibits. Explore the Breaking the Colour Barrier website to learn more about the Chatham Coloured All-Stars baseball team. And download and enjoy a colouring page and word search puzzle.

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tour
  • Video
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

177 King Street East (inside the WISH Centre)
Chatham, Ontario
https://ckbhs.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Saturday October 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

Josiah Henson, an African American who escaped plantation slavery in the United States via the Underground Railroad, purchased this property in 1841 and established the Dawn Settlement, a refuge for fugitives from slavery who escaped to Canada. Today, the site is a museum, owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. During Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of the site in the video below. Explore Ontario’s Black heritage through this online resource. And watch this moving documentary on the life of Henson (narrated by Danny Glover and directed by Jared Brock).

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  • Digital Doors Open
  • Video
  • Collections and resources
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

29251 Uncle Tom's Road
Dresden, Ontario
www.uncletomscabin.org

Architecture

Year built: 1840s
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Saturday October 31, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent