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.


Visit the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum


The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum opens Thursday, June 30!

2022 Summer Hours:

  • Thursday:  Monday 10 am - 6 pm

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays:  Closed

Upcoming News

It's time to pay for your 2022 MDHS Membership!

MDHS' membership year runs from Nov. 1 to Oct. 31.

For information on how to join the the Society or renew your membership dues, see the details provided on our Membership page.

View our Collection Online is Now live!

Click here to view our new online database!

Upcoming Events:

June 29, 2022, 5 - 7 pm, Merrickville Blockhouse Museum - Stakeholder Meet and Greet

This collaborative networking event is meant to obtain your input as to the future of the Historical Society as well as the importance of the Blockhouse Museum.

Public Presentation Dates for 2022​

  • September 27

  • October 25

  • November 29

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