Below the floorboards at Fort Edward
Parks Canada is pleased to present a showcase of a sample of artefacts from Fort Edward National Historic Site at the Windsor Visitor Information Centre until October 5. This travelling exhibit had been displayed at the Windsor Scotiabank this spring.
Parks Canada staff installing the display at the Windsor Scotiabank © P. Gould-Thorpe
The artefacts on display were discovered under the floor of the 1750 blockhouse at Fort Edward during excavations done by Parks Canada in 1997 and 1998. All but one is from the first quarter of the nineteenth century and represents a sample of materials used by British soldiers during their stay at Fort Edward. This includes buttons of several military regiments which served at the fort, as well as objects which those men and officers required for daily life in a frontier posting. The exception is a brass pot leg found in a layer of soil pre-dating the British fort. It was probably used in the church that served the Acadian parish of l’Assomption at Piziquid (Windsor).
Parks Canada is delighted to have been able to work with the Mr. John Wilson, member of the West Hants Historical Society and the Scotiabank in Windsor on this project.