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Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

Josiah Henson, a Black slave who escaped 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. Explore Ontario’s Black heritage through this online resource. Watch this moving documentary on the life of Henson (narrated by Danny Glover and directed by Jared Brock). And learn more from Henson’s great-great-granddaughter, Barbara Carter, in the video below.

Tell us your story about this site

  • 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


Year built: 1840s
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Friday May 1 – Monday September 7, 2020
Part of Digital Doors Open Chatham-Kent

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site 29251 Uncle Tom's Road