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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

WHHS Essay Contest 2014

October 31, 2013

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.

WHHS Newsletter: January 2013 – Winckworth Tonge

January 25, 2013

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.

WHHS Newsletter: November 2012 – Great Fire of Windsor, 1897

November 9, 2012

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).

WHHS Newsletter: October 2012 – Thomas Chandler Haliburton

October 10, 2012

The Life of Thomas Chandler Haliburton
by Mark MacGillivray
Thomas Chandler Haliburton was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on December 17, 1796. He was the son of a known political figure named William Haliburton. His mother died as Thomas was only a year old, so he was raised by his stepmother named Susanna. Growing up in an aristocratic household, young Haliburton attended King’s College from which he received a B.A. in 1815 at the age of 18, beginning his carrier which would eventually land him a job as a judge.

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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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