Amherstburg is one of Southwestern Ontario’s oldest settlements, having been settled by Loyalists after the British evacuation of Detroit in 1796. The town was named after Lord Jeffrey Amherst, commander of the British forces in America at the time of their conquest of Canada.
Fort Malden National Historic Site was built on the Detroit River after the British surrender of Detroit in 1796. A principal Upper Canada frontier post for about 50 years, it was a rallying point for the British in the 1812 attack on Detroit. Also of interest is the North American Black Historical Museum and Cultural Centre. Amherstburg was one of the narrowest crossing points on the Detroit River and was a pivotal destination point for the many black slaves who found freedom in Canada through the Underground Railway.
The North American Black Historical Museum continues to celebrate and teach about Black Heritage from African American origins to present...
The Gibson Gallery is owned and operated by the Fort Malden Guild of Arts and Crafts, a non-profit charitable organization.
Visitors can step back in time and get a glimpse of what military life was like almost 200 years ago.