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.


Strange Pieces of the Past

October 10, 2018

here’s no doubt technology has advanced a long way. In my time, I’ve seen phones go from attached to the wall with a cord, to a tiny computer in your pocket. The way we go about our daily lives has been streamlined over the years. Often you can see the path of evolution, how tools …

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Walter Francis Lunn – A Fallen Soldier of The Great War: His Story

October 4, 2018

Walter Francis Lunn – A Fallen Soldier of The Great War: His Story by Kevin Lunn Winnipeg, MB klunn36@mymts.net August 2018 Introduction It was late September 1918. The push was on by the British, French and their allies to bring the Great War to an end. A soldier in that effort, Walter Francis Lunn, age 24, died on …

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What Am I? Museum Edition

October 3, 2018

What Am I? I have two ceramic arms. What Am I? I have a large base, so I don’t tip over. What Am I? I am made from ceramic, metal and leather. What Am I? I make sure you have somewhere to put your feet. What Am I? You can make me taller or shorter, …

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Rules to Teach By

September 26, 2018

We often refer to the past as a simpler time, when no one had any worries and the rules weren’t as strict. After working for the summer at the historical society I have come to realise how that phrase could be quite misleading to those who don’t know their history. Even though there were aspects …

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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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