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.


New email address for general inquiries

July 2, 2020

As of June 30, 2020 the primary contact and general inquiry email for the West Hants Historical Society is: info@westhantshistoricalsociety.ca We will continue to monitor our old address until July 15, 2020 at which time it will be retired and no longer monitored. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for …

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Season Opening on June 30th 2020

June 18, 2020

The West Hants Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will be open this summer from 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday beginning June 30, 2020. COVID-19 safety restrictions will apply. What you need to know: Visiting the Museum No more than ten (10) persons will be permitted in the museum main gallery at one timeSocial distance must …

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The Sure Cure of the Cod Liver Oil

November 28, 2018

In December, 1917, tragedy struck Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Halifax Explosion, a devastating event, was one that ultimately left around 25, 000 souls without shelter. A blanket of snow would soon coat the destroyed city, creating a discombobulating sense of calm amid the chaos. A blizzard descended upon Halifax, making life even harder for any …

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The Doctor Will See You Now

October 17, 2018

I have always had a love of medicine, I think it stems from the fact that I grew up in a family with medical ties. Therefore when I first came to the West Hants Historical Society I was immediately intrigued by the display of historical medicine. The medical world has advanced in so many ways …

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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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