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

 

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

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Upcoming Events:

September 27, 2022:

Join us on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm at the Merrickville Legion for a presentation by Alison Price on McGuigan Cemetery:  Analysis of the Stones.  Learn about the moss-covered and cracked headstones on the grounds of Merrickville-Wolford's abandoned cemetery -- one of the oldest in Eastern Ontario with graves dating back to 1806.  The lecture will explore the meanings and iconography of the stones at the cemetery, allowing for a deeper understanding of the lives of those who are buried there.

Next Public Presentation Dates for 2022​

  • October 25

  • November 29

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