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West Hants Historical Society

Explore the rich history of West Hants, Nova Scotia and the surrounding areas in one of the Town of Windsor's fascinating gems.

What we do

We offer a top-notch genealogy research library, a seasonal museum full of local interest, and the oldest blockhouse in Canada at Fort Edward.

GENEALOGY

Large library of resources. Family and community histories, photos, maps, and so much more.

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Museum

Cultural history of Hants County. Household, industrial & shipping technologies of a bygone era.

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Gallery

Fort Edward

At the National Historic Site of Fort Edward, the blockhouse is the oldest surviving structure of its kind in Canada.

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Gift Shop

We offer a small gift shop in our Museum that includes many local historic publications.

COMING SOON

About

We are a small but mighty group of volunteers.

The West Hants Historical Society is based in Windsor, Nova Scotia, at 281 King Street. Our very first meeting was held in 1973, and we continue to collect, record and preserve the history of Hants County and adjacent areas, and to promote the restoration and preservation of Fort Edward.

Articles

Windsor’s Old Opera House

August 11, 2020

By Jessica Carver for the West Hants Historical Society Generally described as a grand old building, the Opera House was located on the corner of Gerrish Street and Grey Street. After the Great Fire of 1897 devastated the town of Windsor, efforts began to rebuild the town and its infrastructure. Many saw the fire as …

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Pedalling Through History: a look at the early sport of cycling in West Hants

July 28, 2020

By Sarah Kasprzak for the West Hants Historical Society But you’ll look sweetUpon the seatOf a bicycle built for two”Daisy Bell”, Harry Dacre, 1892 When I had the idea to pull together an exhibit on cycling in Windsor, I honestly wasn’t even aware of how strong the ties are between our community and the history …

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New volunteer curator appointed, progress made toward becoming an accredited archives

July 17, 2020

The board of directors of the West Hants Historical Society is pleased to welcome Denise Parrott to our team as our Archivist and Curator. Denise has been a librarian for over 30 years.  As Archivist/Curator for the West Hants Historical Society, Denise brings years of planning and love of story to a shore that captured …

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Meet our summer staff

July 10, 2020

Taylor Amirault, Research AssistantTaylor is back for her second summer at the West Hants Historical Society as the Genealogy Research Assistant. In the fall, she will be returning to McMaster University for her fourth year as an Anthropology Major, completing her honours degree, on top of a double Minor in Mental Health, Addictions and Society, …

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Museum Hours:

Spring & Fall Wednesdays 10-3
Summer Tuesday-Saturday 9-5
Winter Closed.
Please inquire for special events or tours.

FIND US
281 King Street
PO Box 2335
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
+1 902-798-4706
info@westhantshistoricalsociety.ca
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