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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 and the first Prime Minister of Israel

August 2, 2012

Israel’s first Prime Minister

What does the town of Windsor and the first Prime Minister of Israel have in common? Need a hint? (It dates back to World War One.) Well, here is the answer. During the Great War the British Army used Fort Edward as a training ground for Jewish men preparing to fight the Ottoman Turks in Palestine. This unit would become known as the Jewish Legion and would see action in 1917. One of the men in this unit was named David Ben-Gurion, who in 1949 became the first Prime Minister of Israel.

WHHS Newsletter, June-July 2012

July 9, 2012

Upcoming Events

Hello everyone!

We’ve got an exciting event coming up at Fort Edward; for the second year in a row, the 84th Regiment of Foot will be holding a Military Encampment at Fort Edward for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. There will be live military drills, black powder demonstrations, a sunset ceremony, as well as many other interesting performances. Everyone who attended last year had a great time talking with the soldiers and watching them re-enact a part of our history.

WHHS Newsletter, April-May 2012: Editor’s Note, Snoop Corner

July 4, 2012

Snoop Corner

‘Who’s in the News’ and ‘Can you Identify this Photo’ have been replaced with the ‘Snoop Corner’. Since some of the volunteers are now filling in for the members who have stepped down, one being genealogy researcher, we are finding articles, newspaper clippings, photos, scrapbooks, family history, etc. that we never knew existed until now. We had two headings to choose from: The Treasure Find and the Snoop Corner. Though the former has a much nicer sound, the latter really explains it because if we did not look into that particular file we may never have found the below photo…

WHHS Newsletter, April-May 2012: Historical Tidbit

July 4, 2012

Near the top of the stairway leading to the Old Parish Burying Ground there is a unique headstone. Rather than standing, it is lying down, and not by accident, it was made that way. The inscription reads:

Thomas Edward Robinson, Esq.
A native of England G. B. & Contractor W. & A. Railway
Died April 11th 1869, aged 39 years

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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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