CHATHAM-KENT MUSEUMS and HISTORICAL SITES
Chatham-Kent has several important Historical sites and Museums for visitors to discover its rich History. It is a great destination for you or for the entire family. Visit the Chatham-Kent Tourism Site. Chatham-Kent is steeped in History with its ties to the Underground Railway and the War of 1812. Be sure to visit the Museum on William St. in Chatham or visit one of the Historical Sites. Milner House is open 7 days a week from 1-5 P.M. and admission is free althought donations are gratefully accepted.
Chatham-Kent has a rich heritage and the Undergroud Railway sites like Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden and North Buxton are promoted as part of Toronto Visitors Portfolio.
Labour Day Weekend is a huge Homecoming Celebration in North Buxton and thousands of visitors decend on the small community each year to enjoy the festivities. Buses come from all over. North Buxton was once the home to a large populace of freed slaves from the south and is steeped in History.Family and friends gather each year to celebrate and remember those that gave so much for their freedom and the freedom of their future generations. Visit the Buxton Museum and discover our history for yourself.
If you are a war buff, many famous battles and historic moment of the War of 1812 happened along the Banks of the Thames River which runs through Chatham in Chatham-Kent. Many people of not aware of a very important battle that took place in 1812 right here in our own Chatham-Kent. War broke out between the United States and Great Britain on June 18,1812. It was the last war fought on Canadian soil and the only one fought here in Chatham-Kent. Hundreds of British soldiers, Cilivians, First Nation Families and the Warriors under Chief Tecumseh's command were pursued by American Troops leaving a path of destruction across Chatham-Kent with Mills and Bridges along the Thames burned and Chatham-Kent's largest community, Fairfield, was the site of mass destruction and death. Visit the Museum at Fairfield on #2 Highway east of Chatham. Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of the Thames near Thamesville at the end of that dramatic pursuit. Chatham-Kent's Small Militia contributed to the war effort at great cost to themselves. After the occupation of Chatham-Kent by American Troops, a new Militia Unit was formed called the Local Kent Volunteers and these brave souls continued to forage American parties and susequently captured 39 American Soldiers.These volunteers fought at The Battle of the Longwoods, near Wardsville and the skirmishes which took place at McCrae's and Fleming Farms in Chatham-Kent.
If you are a railway enthusiast then Chatham-Kent is one of the destinations you should put on your agenda for your summer enjoyment. The Railway Museum in Chatham, Ontario, a 1955 CN Baggage Car at the Intersection of William St. is one of Chatham's most interesting Tourist Attractions and according to some, one of the best-kept secrets.
It has been operating thanks to the Chatham Railway Museum Society, a small group of Train Enthusiasts who want to share their love of the history of Railways for the last 23 years. There is lots to see and do with such items on display such as telegraph sets, switchboards, an early 20th century type writer, signals and even a working model electric train set. There is a small wooden train set the children can play with and they can make themselves a conductor's hat in the craft section.The book section contains a wealth of history about Canadian and local Railway systems. The Museum is open from 9 A.M. to 4:30 Tuesday to Friday and from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. on Saturday. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
Chatham-Kent has so much to offer both residents and visitors alike. Why not take some time over the holidays to discover some of the history that is a part of Chatham-Kent. It is the affordable lifestyle location with lots to see and do for the whole family. It is the ideal location to live, work, raise a family, retire to, relocate to, or vacation. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and visit my Chatham-Kent website for Events, Happening and Choice Properties For Sale in this great community.