Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

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Coordinates: 42°18′20.4″N 82°13′13.5″W / 42.305667°N 82.220417°W / 42.305667; -82.220417

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum
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Bell at Buxton National Historic Site and Museum
Location North Buxton, Ontario, Canada
Area 9,000 acres (36 km2)
Built 1849
Governing body Parks Canada
Website Buxton Museum Official Webpage

The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum is a tribute to the Elgin Settlement, established in 1849 by Rev. William King and an association which included Lord Elgin, then the Governor General of Canada. King, a former slave owner turned abolitionist, purchased 9,000 acres (36 km2) of crown land in Southwestern Ontario and created a haven for fugitive slaves and free Blacks.

King brought 15 of his former slaves with him where they could live a free life. The Elgin settlement was divided into 50-acre (200,000 m2) lots. These sold for $2.50/acre, with six percent interest, and could be paid over the course of ten years. For many fugitive slaves, the Buxton settlement was the final stop on the Underground Railroad from the United States.

Opened in 1967, the museum complex includes the main building with exhibits about the community and its history, an 1861 schoolhouse, an 1854 log cabin, and a barn. Local historic church cemeteries are adjacent to the museum. The museum is located in North Buxton, Ontario, near South Buxton in Chatham-Kent.


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