DescriptionIn the mid-1800s the Underground Railroad was a link between the slave fields in the American South and freedom in Canada. With the aid of Rev. Josiah Henson many fugitive slaves made this journey and settled in Dresden on an 81-hectare (200-acre) property purchased by Henson and a group of abolitionists. In 1841 Henson founded the British American Institute, a school and place of refuge for former slaves.
Born into slavery, Henson escaped from Kentucky in 1830 with his wife and children. After meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe in Boston, Henson became the model for the character of Uncle Tom in Stowe's novel “Uncle Tom's Cabin,” published in 1852.
The Dresden Raceway, 1244 North St. (CR 21), offers live harness racing May through September; phone (519) 683-1076.
Note: Policies concerning admittance of children to pari-mutuel betting facilities vary. Phone for information.
Visitor InfoChatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce—Dresden 25 Creek Rd. CHATHAM, ON N7M 0L1. Phone:(519)352-7540
Things to SeeUncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site