Celebrate Emancipation Day at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site

Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Heritage Singers (Photo: Maurice Munroe)The Heritage Singers (Photo: Maurice Munroe)

Join us at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site for Emancipation Day – an annual celebration of hope and freedom that commemorates the end of slavery in the British Empire, which occurred on August 1, 1834.

Everyone is welcome to attend this fun and educational day – featuring storytelling, live music and lectures.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site is located in Dresden, approximately three hours west of Toronto by car. The site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Free admission!

10 a.m. - My Family Tree: An art activity for kids

10:30 a.m. - Welcoming remarks

10:35 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Musical performance by The Heritage Singers

11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Josiah Henson: From Slave to Saviour, play by Cassel Miles

11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Musical performance by the Evolution of Jazz

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - LUNCH – Barbecue by Sidestreets Youth Centre

2:30 p.m. - Cooking demonstration by Chef Patience Chirisa

Barbecue | Gift shop | Picnic area | Public washrooms | Parking |Accessible site | Bring your lawn chair

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site commemorates the life of Josiah Henson, a former slave, who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Henson rose to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Settling in southwestern Ontario, Henson worked to improve life for the Black community and helped to establish the Dawn Settlement. He would go on to become an internationally recognized abolitionist, preacher and conductor on the Underground Railroad.


Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site
29251 Uncle Tom’s Road
Dresden, Ontario


For more information about Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and Emancipation Day, contact Steven Cook at 519-683-2804 or steven.cook@heritagetrust.on.ca.