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Merrickville in Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada ()
 

Merrickville Blockhouse 1832

 
 
Merrickville Blockhouse 1832 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
1. Merrickville Blockhouse 1832 Marker
Inscription.  

This is one of four blockhouses which, with some twelve other "defensible buildings", were constructed along the Rideau Canal. The canal, built 1826-32 by Lieutenant-Colonel John By, Royal Engineers, was designed to serve as an alternative military supply route from Montreal to Kingston in the event of war. The Merrickville blockhouse was completed in 1832 to accommodate some fifty men. It was never the scene of military action, but has served as lockmaster's quarters, a church and a canal maintenance building. Restoration of this fine example of early military architecture was completed in 1965, and it is one of the two remaining blockhouses on the canal which have retained their original forms.
 
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
 
Location. 44° 54.978′ N, 75° 50.229′ W. Marker is in Merrickville, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is at the intersection of St. Lawrence Street (Provincial Highway 15/43) and Main Street, on the left when traveling north on St. Lawrence

Merrickville Blockhouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
2. Merrickville Blockhouse and Marker
Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 279 St Lawrence Street, Merrickville, Ontario K0G 1N0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1st Merrickville Scout Group (a few steps from this marker); The Merrickville Blockhouse / Le blockhaus de Merrickville (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrickville United Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Blockhaus de Merrickville Blockhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin Canals / Les canaux jumelés (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Twins / Les canaux jumelés (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Jim Connor (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrickville (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merrickville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Merrickville Blockhouse. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Merrickville-Wolford at Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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