The community of Buxton, in Chatham-Kent, is a remarkable North American landmark. Buxton was a last stop on the Underground Railroad for hundreds of fugitive slaves from the American south.
Annually, since 1924, Buxton has celebrated “Homecoming”, a four-day reunion that takes place over the Labour Day weekend. The celebration includes a variety of events dedicated to preserving the stories of slavery, the Underground Railroad and a new world of possibilities.
Anyone wishing to attend “Homecoming” is welcome to come to the Buxton National Historic Site, which was Canada’s largest and most successful planned settlement and a haven for fugitive slaves. You will have great fun with the “Family Feud” baseball tournament, “Party in the Park” dance, parade, vintage car show, children’s rides…something for everyone. Special stops will include a worship service in one of the churches and visits to the school and log cabin that date back to the days before emancipation. Join the family Reunion!
Buxton Homecoming – August 30th – September 2nd
For more information: www.buxtonmuseum.com
Photo credit: Steph Spencer, Travel Writer at A Nerd at Large. Read her Chatham-Kent Black History article by clicking here.