Historical Sites in and around Amherstburg Ontario Canada


Steeped in historic charm and situated on the banks of the Detroit River at the mouth of Lake Erie, Amherstburg is one of the oldest towns in the province. Its unique, century old buildings and lovely waterfront setting makes Amherstburg the perfect scenic getaway! Identified as a "War of 1812"community, its history is riveting but its modern amenities make it an unforgettable destination!

Amherstburg Freedom Museum

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum tells the story of African-Canadians’ journey and contributions, by preserving stories and presenting artifacts that educate and inspire. The museum was founded by Amherstburg resident Melvin “Mac” Simpson, on the belief that social, economic and educational issues would be better addressed by a society with greater knowledge and pride in its own history.

John R. Park Homestead

A visit to the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area will take you back in time to the 1850s. The house and farm buildings of John and Amelia Park are restored to bring the nineteenth century to life. Explore the Parks’ magnificent Classical Revival home, built in 1842, taste baking from the kitchen fireplace or play with a wooden toy in the children’s bedrooms. See the workings of an 1885 steam engine-powered sawmill and stop by the blacksmith shop to witness the making of small hardware and repairing of farm tools at the coal-fired forge. Don’t miss the working smoke house, ice house and barn. For a breath of fresh air, take a scenic walk on the lakeshore boardwalk.

Maidstone Bicentennial Museum

Maidstone Bicentennial Museum is a community museum which houses unique collections of artifacts that have been donated by the community or purchased by the Maidstone and Area Historical Society. This collection includes an impressive WW1 Naval and Army collection, artifacts of Joseph, Daniel and Zoe Ouellette, Rum Running, the War of 1812, including the Aboriginal Contribution to the War of 1812 and much more. 

Park House Museum

The Park House is a year round museum catering to the needs of visiting school children, seniors and the general public; we bring the story of Amherstburg and its people to life through programs and exhibits that are created to engage and inspire all who visit.


The Park House Tinsmith is located on site and has a variety of products for the reenactor and the home. Since 1978, the Park House Tinsmith has been providing goods for historic sites and museums across Canada, USA and UK.

Provincial Marine Amherstburg

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the early history of Canada, especially the War of 1812.

Windsor's Community Museum

Located in an historic house built in 1812 by François Baby, a prominent French-Canadian. Exhibitions and public programs that explore the many individuals, cultures and events that contributed to the development of Windsor.  Education programs for schools and community groups at the museum and the nearby Duff-Baby-Interpretation Centre.