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

The Merrickville Blockhouse / Le blockhaus de Merrickville

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
1. The Merrickville Blockhouse / Le blockhaus de Merrickville Marker
Inscription.  

When construction of the Rideau Canal began, Merrickville was already an established village and was considered by the authorities 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".

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Lorsque débuta la construction du canal Rideau, Merrickville était déjà un village établi. Les autorités y voyaient une cible parfaite pour l'envahisseur. Le colonel John By insista pour qu'on prît des mesures rigoureuses visant la protection du poste d'éclusage. En 1832-1833, il fit construire le blockhaus de Merrickville, le plus imposant du canal Rideau et le deuxième en importance au Canada parmi ceux qui subsistent. Le bâtiment reste
The Merrickville Blockhouse / Le blockhaus de Merrickville and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
2. The Merrickville Blockhouse / Le blockhaus de Merrickville and Marker
fidèle à sa description première: « Un solide blockhaus dont les fondations et le rez-de-chaussée sont de pierre, l'étage supérieur de bois et le toit de tôle, le tout entouré d'un fossé ».
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada / Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
 
Location. 44° 54.99′ N, 75° 50.24′ 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 Rideau Canal, on the right when traveling south on St. Lawrence 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. Blockhaus de Merrickville Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); Merrickville Blockhouse 1832 (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); Merrickville (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Merrickville Scout Group (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Jim Connor (within shouting distance of this marker); Merrickville United Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merrickville.
 
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1. Merrickville Blockhouse. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Merrickville Blockhouse. (Submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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