With the borders between the US and Canada still closed for recreational travel, many of us will miss out on our chance to explore the Brigden, Ontario area. We will do our best to bring you links to YouTube videos and virtual tours of some of the sites in the area & history of the people & places. You can view them at your leisure and use them to help you plan a future trip to see Brigden in person or just learn something new!
Ontario’s Blue Coast
Your next adventure begins in Sarnia-Lambton. Discover internationally renowned Blue Flag beaches, the province’s newest emerging wine region, and awe-inspiring natural scenery. Discover Lambton County with Tourism Sarnia Lambton.
- Discover Overview (2 minutes)
- Trails (1 minute)
- Arts & Culture (2 minutes)
- Outdoor Activity (1 minute)
Underground Railroad History
The Underground Railroad was the largest anti-slavery freedom movement in North America. It brought between 30,000 and 40,000 fugitives to British North America (now Canada).
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site – https://www.uncletomscabin.org/
At a bend in the Sydenham River near the town of Dresden stands Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. The museum – built on the site of the Black settlement that Rev. Josiah Henson helped found in 1841 – preserves the settlement where Henson and his wife Nancy lived. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote the most famous book of the day “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” based on Josiah Henson’s autobiography “The Life of Josiah Henson”. This cabin was home to Josiah Henson during much of his time in the area (1841 until his death in 1883). The cabin takes its name from the Stowe’s famous novel.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Intro Video (40 seconds)
Josiah Henson: The Real Uncle Tom (5 minutes)
Oil Museum of Canada – https://www.lambtonmuseums.ca/oil/
Explore the exciting history of the discovery of oil in Lambton County. Virtual Exhibit – Black Gold
Lambton Heritage Museum – https://www.lambtonmuseums.ca/lambton-heritage-museum/
Lambton Heritage Museum celebrates the history and heritage of the communities that make up Lambton County. There are three virtual exhibits available on their website. The exhibits are Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame, Lambton at War, and Shine: Spotlight on Women of Lambton