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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 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.

Hants County Exhibition

September 18, 2012

Let’s all go to the Fair!
Hants County Exhibition – 247th anniversary
Crisp September days have arrived and that can only mean one thing: It is time for the Hants County Exhibition. With the first exhibition being held May 21, 1765, the Hants County Exhibition claims the title of the oldest agricultural exhibition in North America with this year marking its 247th anniversary.

WHHS Videos on YouTube

August 30, 2012

Thoughts From Places: Fort Edward Check out a wonderful new video by Kerri Beazley, summer student at the West Hants Historical Society. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Fort Edward yet, please take a trip up and experience

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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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