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Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dresden

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Uncle Tom's Cabin reviews

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  • Booked online for this guided tour; but only for the main gallery. The place focused on the resident of Rev. Josiah Henson. There was lots of add-on documentation on black history in their Theatre. 
    Booked online for this guided tour; but only for the main gallery. The place focused on the resident of Rev. Josiah Henson. There was lots of add-on documentation on black history in their Theatre.  more »
  • It’s definitely worth seeing and the history is important, but the tour guide was not knowledgeable and not receptive to questions. They have an agenda and a script and they will stick to it at all.....  more
    It’s definitely worth seeing and the history is important, but the tour guide was not knowledgeable and not receptive to questions. They have an agenda and a script and they will stick to it at all.....  more »
  • The information and story of this site and the area, and of those who made this such an important story is very relevant to our understanding of slavery in North America and Canada's role... 
    The information and story of this site and the area, and of those who made this such an important story is very relevant to our understanding of slavery in North America and Canada's role...  more »
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  • So let me start off by saying the sign on the 401 doesn't do this place justice. It's not just a historical site, but actually a history lesson in slavery and the underground railroad. There is an education centre, a short film and a historical timeline of significant dates in history. Then outside, there are actual buildings to go in plus the burial grounds of Josiah Henson and his family. You should definitely check it out.
  • This hidden gem should be a destination spot for every Canadian, educator, history buff, and all around lover of people regardless of race. Learning who Josiah Henson was outside of being associated with Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beatrice Stowe was a paradigm shifting experience. As a Black person seeing and learning how 1 Black man was able to rescue his entire family plus 118 others from the evils of slavery, as a teen listened and memorized the bible because it was illegal to learn how to read to become a preacher and ultimately put Canada on the map as the only Black person to have an exhibit at Queen Victoria's world fair. The ability to achieve that and more in the face of such adversity is what should be taught in every school and a visit to the museum a must as a school trip. It's not just Black history. It's our history - Canada's history.
  • Superb exposition of poorly-known part of Canada's history. Excellent interpretation, and great stock of books to buy for further reading. Definitely recommended.
  • Went many times as a chilld since I grew up near it, but took my own family recently and it's much improved. Lovely and modern visitor's centre now, beautiful restoration of certain buildings, etc. Fantastic way for children to learn about the underground railroad.
  • I was there back in the late '50s r very early '60s and was very educational. At that time there was Josiah Henson's home with period furniture and items. My Wife and I took a rip out to Dresden this afternoon to see it again. The house is still the same as I remember before. There is a church on sight now which he use to preach in as well as the family graveyard which I recall at my previous visit. There is brand new educational centre with pictures and historical fact to be appreciated as well as a film about 12 minutes long. Rev. Henson was one of the most famous " Underground railroads" who saved over 100 plus slaves from USA south to Dresden area. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote a book about Rev. Henson, called, " UNCLE TOM 'S CABIN ". If you have a chance to go see this wonderful historic exhibit, don' put off the time.

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