Walking in historic downtown Amherstburg, you are sure to pass the Park House Museum on Dalhousie Street. This 1700’s home was restored in 1850’s style and tells the story of a well-to-do family. Here you will find incredible tinware treasures, which are sought after by museums world-wide and by movie production companies. Perhaps you saw a few pieces on the TV series Alias Grace, by regional author Margaret Atwood.
Through all of Amherstburg’s history, it is most proud of its connection to the Underground Railroad. Amherstburg was the primary crossing point for those slaves seeking freedom. The Amherstburg Freedom Museum preserves our region’s Black Heritage and showcases remarkable trailblazers. Our favourite story is that of Elijah McCoy.
After exploring Amherstburg’s museums and galleries you must make time for the King’s Navy Yard Park, found in the heart of historic downtown Amherstburg. This park was once the King’s Naval Yard, where several tall ships were made on this shore of the Detroit River. Today this park is adorned with spectacular flower arrangements that only pale to the unbelievably vibrant sunsets.
For those who may be more adventurous, check out our Olde Amherstburg Ghost Tour, where you can use your smartphone to experience more than 13 unique stories and locations about Amherstburg’s history?