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.


Acadian Child: the face of pre-deportation Piziquid

By Taylor Amirault for the West Hants Historical Society             In 1996, ground was torn away to construct a residential subdivision in Falmouth, Nova Scotia. When going to work that morning, the bulldozer, and backhoe drivers were not expecting what the day would bring them, which included over 200 human bones. Many individuals are familiar …

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2020 Heritage Banquet Cancelled

August 25, 2020 Cancellation of 2020 WHHS Heritage Banquet Dear Members and Patrons, The West Hants Historical Society has made the difficult decision to cancel our annual heritage banquet which, due to COVID, was postponed until September 26th. When I say, difficult, I’m speaking in terms of it being our main annual fundraiser, not in …

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2020 Summer Season draws to a close, ending on August 29th

As an amazing summer season draws to a close we'd like to thank our members and patrons for your support through the challenging past few months. Saturday, August 29th 2020, will be the last full day that we will be open before we begin our Autumn Hours of Operation on Wednesday, September 2nd. Our autumn …

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Windsor’s Old Opera House

By Jessica Carver for the West Hants Historical Society Generally described as a grand old building, the Opera House was located on the corner of Gerrish Street and Grey Street. After the Great Fire of 1897 devastated the town of Windsor, efforts began to rebuild the town and its infrastructure. Many saw the fire as …

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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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