Fort Edward

The Blockhouse

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Fort Edward Blockhouse, Windsor, NS (current day)

Step inside a historic military blockhouse from the mid-1700s, where creaking floorboards, original graffiti and musket slits in the walls evoke the lives of soldiers once stationed here. Take a stroll along the grassy earthworks - the scene of conflict in the tumultuous 18th century. The struggle for control of North America during the age of empire still resonates at Fort Edward National Historic Site.

The historic earthworks of Fort Edward make for a relaxing afternoon of exploring. Picnic on a scenic hilltop, walk the perimeter trail, then duck into the nearly 300-year-old blockhouse to see where soldiers were stationed in the 1700s.

National Historic Site

Fort Edward and visitors.

A national historic site since 1921, the Blockhouse is the oldest surviving structure of its kind in Canada and one of the few remaining 18th-century structures in Nova Scotia. The Blockhouse is all that remains of historic Fort Edward, connecting present-day Windsor to the richness of Canadian history.

Fort Edward was constructed in June 1750 to secure the overland route between Annapolis Royal, the old capital of Nova Scotia, and the new capital at Halifax, founded in 1749. The British colonial officials also intended the Fort to assert government authority in the Piziquid area, one of the centres of Acadian settlement in the province. As well, Mi'kmaq frequently travelled through the area following the two rivers - the Avon and the St. Croix - that met below the hill on which the fort was constructed.

To read more about the history of Fort Edward, please check out our article here.

Fees & Facilities

The historic earthworks of Fort Edward make for a relaxing afternoon of exploring, and a must-see addition to your visit to the area.

  • No entrance fee (donations welcome)
  • Parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Picnic area
  • Bus tours welcome
  • Visitor Centre and Tour Guide (summer only)
  • Easy walking trail loops around site

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Membership includes unlimited access to the museum and genealogy library, reduced photocopy charges, and a periodic newsletter. Donations of time, expertise and money are gratefully accepted. Please consider joining us to show your support for our organization.

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Thoughts From Places: Fort Edward

We are pleased to present a number of videos created by our summer students and other volunteers. Check out our videos on our youtube channel! We encourage you to take a trip up to Fort Edward and experience for yourself the deep history of our area.