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.


Large library of resources. Family and community histories, photos, maps, and so much more.



Cultural history of Hants County. Household, industrial & shipping technologies of a bygone era.



Fort Edward

At the National Historic Site of Fort Edward, the blockhouse is the oldest surviving structure of its kind in Canada.


Gift Shop

We offer a small gift shop in our Museum that includes many local historic publications.



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.


So Long, Farewell!

August 22, 2018

The countdown is on. The museum’s summer season is coming to a close, which means that us summer students are packing up their things to jump into fall. We’ve had a great time, and I was able to meet some new people as well as learn more about those I already knew. Co-workers are always …

So Long, Farewell! Read More »

Made With Thread, Fabric & Undying Love

August 18, 2018

Within our museum, we hold the remnants of a tale brimming with tragedy, love and careful stitches. Hanging nonchalantly on a cupboard among sewing kits and delicate needlepoint, there is a quilt, detailed and worn. It has a quiet loveliness that piques curiosity and draws the wandering eye. It rests, undisturbed and still. The colored …

Made With Thread, Fabric & Undying Love Read More »

Putting a Name to a Face: Our Second Challenge

August 10, 2018

Our second challenge within this project revolves around a photo I find particularly intriguing. Three stoic young men in uniform gaze at the camera with a nonchalant yet poised air about them. One man reclines easily in a wooden chair, his comrade resting at the arm. In the rear, the last young man stands tall, …

Putting a Name to a Face: Our Second Challenge Read More »

A Trick of The Light…?

August 10, 2018

Working in a museum is very interesting. You meet a lot of new people and learn a lot of new things. You get to surround yourself with pieces of the past. What stories could they tell? What things have they seen? What ghosts haunt them? Yes, that’s right; this post is about ghosts. Whether you …

A Trick of The Light…? Read More »

Be a part of your window to our past

Become a Member

WHHS Logo web use
Museum Hours:

Spring & Fall Wednesdays 10-3
Summer Tuesday-Saturday 9-5
Winter Closed.
Please inquire for special events or tours.

281 King Street
PO Box 2335
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
+1 902-798-4706
useful links
Explore our collection on NovaMuse.
Scroll to Top