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.


Murder in the Maritimes

August 9, 2018

One of my favorite exhibits here in the museum has to be the display that focuses on George Stanley, the last person to be executed here in Windsor. It’s a bit of a morbid story, of course, but it has just enough mystery and grisly details to qualify as one of the many strange and …

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Getting Involved

July 31, 2018

A huge, positive difference that I have noticed between this year and the last within the museum is the amount of community involvement we have been experiencing. Individuals are reaching out to us and looking for ways to become more involved in both the area and history. A lot of people have come forward to …

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Putting a Name to a Face: Our First Challenge

July 24, 2018

Our first unknown photo for our project is that of a young man. He is dressed quite formally (presumably for the photo itself). The photo was taken by Afelsby & Carr., and there is a stamp that has marked ‘AINSDALE’ at the bottom of the picture. Ainsdale, according to Google, is located in England. However, …

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Putting a Name to a Face: A WHHS Project

July 18, 2018

Over the course of my time working at the West Hants Historical Society, I have perused our shelves often. I peek into cabinets and rifle through drawers, always finding something that can pique my interest. Working here is almost like being Indiana Jones; you’re constantly discovering little treasures (although they usually aren’t made of solid …

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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.

281 King Street
PO Box 2335
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
+1 902-798-4706
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