Article on Saltwire by Colin Chisholm, Sept 26 2018. Click here for original article. WINDSOR, N.S. â€“ Itâ€™s 1918, and Jewish recruits from across Canada and the United States are being assembled at Fort Edward in Windsor, preparing to ship out to take on the Ottoman Empire for the British. Unofficially called the Jewish Legion, …
Here in Windsor most people only know us for our giant pumpkins and for discovering the great sport of hockey, but not nearly as many realize that we also held the first county fair in Canada. Now known as the Hants County exhibition it’s an event in town that we all look forward to, and …
Job Title: Interpreter at Fort Edward National Historic Site Location: Windsor, NS Wage: $11.15 per hour at 35 hours per week (Tuesday-Saturday) Start Date: June 19, 2018 End Date: September 1, 2018 Deadline to apply is May 16, 2018. Please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to West Hants Historical Society …
This post is in conjunction with our December newsletter and our upcoming June 2016 symposium on Nova Scotia Communities in the First World War.
First World War
It is well known that individuals trained at Fort Edward during the First World War but did you know that not all these soldiers survived to fight in Europe? Here is some information on some of those individuals.
Courtesy of Rev. David Curry. This is a modified version of an article that first appeared in the Hants Journal in 2008.
Strategically placed, overlooking the confluence of the St. Croix and Avon Rivers, the Blockhouse has played an interesting role in the many and varied fortunes of our Maritime and National history since its erection in 1750. Complementing and cementing the English colonial settlement of Halifax in 1749, Fort Edward belongs to those defining moments of the French/English contest for North America.
Summer has all too quickly passed. Here at the Museum we mark this passing with the return of our summer guides to their studies. We were pleased again this year to provide summer employment for young people from the community. Again this year we were blessed with intelligent, enthusiastic and courteous guides. Several visitors commented favourably on their experience in working with these young ambassadors. We wish Fadila, Kelsey, Logan and Chad the best in their studies.
Season Kick Off and Twilight Tour
What you missed at WHHSâ€™s official opening day
The cool June breeze gives relief to the short-clad, fanwaving people. Making their way up Fort Edward Street, the feeling of exhaustion could be heard from the occasional sigh or groan. Once at the top of the hill, the feeling of accomplishment pats away the sweat and eases aching knees. The view is marvelous, a scenic heaven for those who have never been to Windsor and an instance of restored justice for those who live down the road. This is our history and our future. Fort Edward: a staple of Windsor, Nova Scotiaâ€™s resilience and strength.
Let’s all go to the Fair!
Hants County Exhibition – 247th anniversary
Crisp September days have arrived and that can only mean one thing: It is time for the Hants County Exhibition. With the first exhibition being held May 21, 1765, the Hants County Exhibition claims the title of the oldest agricultural exhibition in North America with this year marking its 247th anniversary.
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.