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Education and history collide at Fort Edward fundraiser

Three-year-old Bria Rector, from Clementsport, peers out of the upstairs window of the blockhouse located at Fort Edward National Historic Site in Windsor.  The family has toured several of the province’s historic sites this summer.
Three-year-old Bria Rector, from Clementsport, peers out of the upstairs window of the blockhouse located at Fort Edward National Historic Site in Windsor. The family has toured several of the province’s historic sites this summer.

WINDSOR, N.S. — Summer students with the West Hants Historical Society hosted a fundraiser Aug. 26 at North America’s oldest military blockhouse.

The Fort Edward blockhouse, which is North America’s oldest military blockhouse, draws in hundreds of visitors each summer.

A treasure hunt was staged at Fort Edward National Historic Site in Windsor. Although only a few children participated in the event, those that did had the chance to explore the historic grounds to uncover clues while learning about the former military post.

One such family was the Rector family from Clementsport. Brad Rector said his wife, Sandra, and children, Corin, Rhys, Anson, and Bria, spent the summer visiting various historical locations in the province. He said it was the “summer of introducing kids to local history and seeing what's in our backyard.”

The site dates back to 1750 and features walking trails that are well-used by local residents. The blockhouse, located at 67 Fort Edward St., has been a national historic site since 1921. There is no entrance fee.

Parks Canada, in association with the West Hants Historical Society, provide a summer tour guide for visitors.

Corin Rector, of Clementsport, races to the Fort Edward blockhouse to begin an educational treasure hunt. Following close behind are his siblings Anson, Rhys and Bria.

 

The Rector family was eager to begin the treasure hunt set up by West Hants Historical Society summer students Lauren Robbins and Fadila Chater Aug. 26.

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