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The Merrickville Blockhouse

Merrickville Blockhouse 1832

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009

Merrickville Blockhouse 1832

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Village of Merrickville-Wolford
At the blockhouse, on the northwest corner of
Road 43 and Road 15


Coordinates: N 44 54.973 W 75 50.228

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Plaque Text

When construction of the Rideau Canal began, Merrickville was already an established village and was considered to be a logical target for an invader. Consequently Colonel John By urged strong measures for the protection of the lock station. The result was this blockhouse, built in 1832-33, the largest on the Rideau Canal and the second largest surviving in Canada. It still resembles its early description as "a good blockhouse, the basement and ground floor being of stone, and the upper storey of wood covered with tin, the whole surrounded by a ditch".


Another plaque at this location
Merrickville Blockhouse 1832

Related Ontario plaques
Rideau Canal 1826-1832
Lieutenant-Colonel John By, R.E.

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