What is Historic Merrickville All About?

Posted by Maha Shahbazian on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 9:13am.

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The Historic Merrickville began as a registered charity back in 1965. It was in response to the community requesting the special heritage of the Village be maintained and the society was organized. Parks Canada decided to resort the Merrickville blockhouse that was constructed by Lt. Col. John By in 1832 as a key military defense for the new Rideau Canal and it was fully supported. Today, the historical society is run entirely by volunteers and 140 active members support the projects of this charity. Here is a look at what the Historic Merrickville is all about.

Historic Merrickville’s Start

Original members of the Society worked to maintain awareness for the heritage and history of Merrickville. Village of Merrickville leased the Blockhouse building to house local artifacts and one of the main tasks of the Historical Society is operated this museum along with Parks Canada who run the Rideau Canal.

What they do

The Historical Society has many activities that help maintain the awareness of its history and heritage throughout the area. There are annual historical essay contests with the local schools, a newsletter discussing current events and issues of historical relevance and a Walking Tour brochure available free online or at the Museum. They also have regular speaker meetings for guests and members discussing topics of local interest and with a heritage perspective.

Walking Tour of Merrickville

The Walking Tour covers many stops throughout the Village’s historic properties. You can visit the Blockhouse at Main & St. Lawrence, the William Merrick House at 129 Mill Street, the Old Town Hall from 1856 and so much more.


Each year the museum opens in June. Membership is on an annual basis at $10 per person or $15 per family. There are seven monthly meetings annually discussing factual and fictional tales of the history of Upper Canada and the Rideau corridor area. Speakers that visit for the meetings are historians, authors, archaeologists and more.

The Historic Merrickville is an attractive historic Village spanning the Rideau Canal between Kemptville and Smiths Falls that was created to encourage interest in the history and heritage of the Merrickville district and to preserve the 19th century stone and masonry houses. Check it out at Merrickville, Ontario.

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