Media Advisory - Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site opens May 22

DRESDEN, ON, May 19 /CNW/ -

Opening dates: Saturday, May 22 to Saturday, October 30, 2010
   
Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
  Open Mondays in July, August and holidays
  Open year-round by appointment for groups of 20 or more
   
Location: 29251 Uncle Tom's Road, Dresden
   
Admission: $6.25 for adults
  $5.25 for seniors and students (13 to 17)
  $4.50 for children (6 to 12)
  Free for children under 6
  $20 for a family

Visit Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in 2010 and learn about the achievements of early Black settlers in Ontario. A highlight of the season is the annual Emancipation Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, July 31. Admission to this special event is FREE thanks to the support of the RBC Foundation.

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, he 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.

This five-acre museum site includes an interpretive centre, as well as historic buildings, cemeteries and a gift shop. At the interpretive centre, visitors can explore the exhibits I'll Use My Freedom Well and a timeline highlighting world events in North America's rich Black history, and see a video on the life and legacy of Josiah Henson.

Located in Dresden, approximately three hours west of Toronto, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

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For information and group bookings, please contact:

Steven Cook

Site Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

Telephone: 519-683-2978

Email: utchs@heritagetrust.on.ca

Websites: www.uncletomscabin.org and www.heritagetrust.on.ca


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