Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site


Explore the fascinating Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and learn about the unique heritage of Ontario’s Black community.

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883). Recognized for his contributions to the abolition movement and his work in the Underground Railroad, Henson rose to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Henson's dramatic experiences in slavery and his abolitionist work in Canada made him renowned throughout the world.

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site offers self-guided and guided tours of the five-acre property, including a period church, sawmill, two cemeteries, an early pioneer structure and the original Henson dwelling. Plan your visit

The museum also hosts special events and programming, including an annual Emancipation Day celebration. Check the online calendar for upcoming events.

Rev. Josiah Henson – an escaped slave from Kentucky – quickly attained the status of leader within the Underground Railroad community of southwestern Ontario. In 1841, he co-founded the British American Institute, a vocational school for Underground Railroad refugees. The Dawn Settlement, comprised of mostly Black settlers, grew around the school.

Learn about Ontario’s heritage in a unique and compelling way! Discover other Ontario Heritage Trust museums across the province.

  • Hours of Operation : Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. Also open Mondays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in July and August.
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  • Wheelchair Accessible : Yes
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