Who we are

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West Hants Historical Society

Based in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the West Hants Historical Society runs a seasonal Museum as well as a genealogy department that is open year-round. In addition, the society provides summer guide service at the Fort Edward Blockhouse.

Although the WHHS receives a large portion of its funding through grants, it also supports itself through publishing, research library, memberships and fundraising.

Mission Statement

The West Hants Historical Society seeks to preserve, present and promote the rich history of Hants County in relation to the larger history of the Province of Nova Scotia and the nation of Canada.


The WHHS depends upon volunteer efforts. Our 2022 volunteer staff and executive is comprised of the following:


  • President: Shirley Pineo
  • Vice President: Gary Nelson
  • Treasurer: John Brownless
  • Secretary: Paul Brison
  • Past President: Kel W. Hancock
Board of Directors
  • Carole Ann Casey
  • Bill Fry
  • Carolyn Fry
  • Denise Parrott
  • Pam Wile
  • Dean Baxter
  • Mike Taylor
  • Sharmay Beals-Wentzell

Committee Chairpersons

Membership Committee - Gary Nelson
Public Programming Committee - Carole Anne Casey
Research and Genealogy Committee - William Fry
Building Committee - Mike Taylor
Accessions Committee - Denise Parrott
Exhibits Committee - Carole Anne Casey
Fundraising Committee - All members
Publications Committee - Vacant

Operations Staff

Curator/Archivist - Denise Parrott
Research Team - William Fry, Carolyn Fry
Events Coordinator - Carole Anne Casey
Project Manager - Shirley Pineo

Our Own History

Our First Meeting

The first meeting of the West Hants Historical Society was held on April 13th, 1973 in the Windsor Court House. Twenty-five people attended and Roland E. Meuse was made the president. The Society became official on September 25th, 1973 when it was incorporated under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia.

Our First Campaign

Its first accomplishment was a successful campaign to open the blockhouse at Fort Edward to the public. With the help of the Fort Edward Restoration Committee (an offshoot of the Historical Society) and Parks Canada, the blockhouse was opened officially on June 1, 1978.

Our First Museum

In 1984, the WHHS opened its first museum in a section of the N.S. Power Corporation Building on Water Street in Windsor (the building has since been torn down). 

Our Location

As it became obvious that a larger space was needed, in early 1991 the old Methodist church on King Street in Windsor was acquired. It was purchased from the Independent Order of Oddfellows, who continue to meet in the building. Still housed in the old church, the society now owns over 1,000 artifacts and has approximately 175 members.

Society Objectives

Listed in the Memorandum of Association (1973):

  1. To Collect, Record and Preserve the History of Hants County and adjacent area.
  2. To Identify and Mark any important Landmark, Structure, or Event connected with the History of Hants County.
  3. To Establish and Operate a Museum and Research Library.
  4. To Promote the Restoration and Preservation of Fort Edward, Windsor, N.S., and the erection of other structures and services incidental thereto.
  5. To Initiate and Promote Programmes to further historic interest in the Heritage of Hants County.
  6. To Compile and Publish Historical Data from material collected by the Society.
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Hours of Operation

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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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