Canada Travel Guide
Canada Travel Guide - Ontario
Canada Travel Guide - Ontario


Dresden is a community in southwestern Ontario, Canada, part of the municipality of Chatham-Kent. Dresden is located on the Sydenham River. The community is named after Dresden, Germany, and best known as the home of Josiah Henson, the former U.S. slave whose life story was the inspiration for the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

It has been, therefore, characterized as the "Terminus of the Underground Railroad", although many escaped slaves were known to gather, at least to worship, as far south and east as what is today Chatham, Ontario. The Henson homestead is a historic site located near what is today the town of Dresden, and is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The dynamic cultural tourism attraction is a legacy of early black history.

Dresden is currently the location of the Dresden Raceway, the only raceway in the Chatham-Kent Municipality, which features a 1/2 mile track for Harness Racing. Dresden is also home to a Casino (aka. the Dresden Slots.) operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, which is also the only Slots facility in the municipality.


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Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site

As an important Canadian historic site, Uncle Tom's Cabin will provide visitors with known facts and education on the life of fugitive slaves in the Dresden area. Focusing on the life of Josiah Henson, the site will demonstrate the growth in black people

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