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 Ottawa, ON. 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.
The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum is located along the Rideau River - a route used by many indigenous peoples. Today it is part of the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe people.
Visit the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum
2023 SEASON OPEN
August 19 - September 8, 2023
(OPEN Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon.)
(CLOSED Tues. & Wed.)
10am - 6pm
Historical Interpreter Guides on site.
Free admission or by donation.
For tours/more information:
Online Collection is Now live
Click here to view our new online database
SPEAKER SERIES - organized by Donna Ross
THE CITY THAT DID NOT DIE: THE LEGACIES OF THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION DEC. 6, 1917
Presented by Dr. Stella Stanley
Professor Emeritus, Mount Saint Vincent University
Tues. Sept. 26, 2023 at 7pm
free event/donations accepted