Against a rural backdrop, Dresden features a selection of restaurants and shops selling fashions, gifts and antiques. Dresden also offers a unique blend of cultural experiences – from gaming with slots to the inspiration gained from Underground Railroad sites. Once the successful Dawn Settlement, Dresden’s contributions to Canadian black history are showcased at world-famous Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and the Dawn Settlement guided tour.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site celebrates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson, world-known for inspiring the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Don’t miss the exhibit, “I’ll Use My Freedom Well”. Tour Henson’s home, the James Harris House, a smokehouse and sawmill, the Henson Family Cemetery and Pioneer Church.
Board a bus for the Dawn Settlement Tour around Dresden that builds upon the inspirational stories told at Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
The scenic 5.8 km route of the Trillium Walking Trail invites visitors to explore early development of Dresden as well as its ties to Great Lakes marine and black heritage. The shorter 1.5 hour Historical Walk passes by 50 historical sites and early African Canadian architecture. Admission is free and the trail is handicapped accessible.