June 23, 2014

Student Essay Contest Winners: Mitchell Larkin

The WHHS is pleased to present some of the winning entries from our 2014 Student Essay Contest. The WHHS was a sponsor of this contest, awarding a prize for excellence in historical research in West Hants. The winning essays were both written by students from Ms Kate Sircom's grade 3 class at Windsor Forks Elementary School. Essays are presented as submitted by the students.
October 31, 2013

WHHS Essay Contest 2014

The West Hants Historical Society is sponsoring an essay contest for all school ages! This contest makes an excellent class or individual project. Veronica Connelly Prize for Excellence in West Hants Historical Research West Hants is rich in history. It is our good fortune that there are depositories for information, artifacts and pictures for these historical records. There are several heritage properties, farms, Fort Edward (national historic site managed by West Hants Historical Society), black settlements and evidence of Acadian settlements. It is the society’s intent to encourage the community to actively participate in and benefit from these treasures.
January 25, 2013
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WHHS Newsletter: January 2013 – Winckworth Tonge

The Story of Winckworth Tonge by John Wilson [excerpt from January 2013 newsletter] A rather strange combination of obscure surnames, they were carried by one of the early estate owners of Windsor township and an influential member of the colonial government. Traces of the name, or corruptions thereof, can still be found locally as place names, in particular, Tonge Hill and Wentworth.
November 9, 2012
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WHHS Newsletter: November 2012 – Great Fire of Windsor, 1897

The Great Windsor Fire of 1897 [excerpt from November 2012 Newsletter] On October 17, 1897, disaster struck the town of Windsor, Nova Scotia. At three a.m. that Sunday morning, a fire started that would destroy most the town and leave most of its residents homeless and penniless. The fire started in the rear of the Marine Block on Water Street and spread throughout the town from King Street to Clifton Avenue, and from the waterfront to the area of Windmill Hill (location of the old Elms Nursing Home).