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Welcome to MDHS!

Welcome to the MDHS!

Merrickville and District Historical Society is a volunteer-run organization based in the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, a beautiful historic village spanning the Rideau Canal, one hour south of the Nation's capital. MDHS encourages interest in the history and heritage of Merrickville-Wolford. MDHS also operates the seasonal museum at the Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site of Canada.

 

Tucked away on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Merrickville Blockhouse was built in 1832 as a defensive structure designed to protect British North America from American invasion. By the time of its completion the threat of invasion had passed and the Blockhouse was converted into a home for the lockmaster. In 1939 the Merrickville Blockhouse was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada. MDHS was instrumental in preserving this building in the 1960's and has operated the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum since 1967.

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Visit the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum

Upcoming Events

The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum has closed for the 2022 season.

For tours or more information about visiting the Blockhouse Museum, please email info@merrickvillehistory.org

Upcoming News

View our Collection Online is Now live!

Click here to view our new online database!

Upcoming Events:

Annual General Meeting - February 7, 2023, Merrickville Legion

Join us for an evening of fun and news -- and treats from our local bakery Violets on Main.

Public Presentations

  • February 28, 2023

  • March 28, 2023

  • April 25, 2023

  • May 30, 2023

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