The Springhill & Area Chamber of Commerce was first organized as a Board of Trade in 1908. It was then discontinued a year later and reorganized in 1923. It is still operating to this day as the Springhill & Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Springhill & Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization designed to be the voice on local issues for businesses in Springhill and the surrounding area by actively promoting the interests of businesses in matters of economic, social and political importance.
Businesses who would like to become members of our Chamber can contact the secretary via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Springhill and area businesses an join as regular members and we welcome any businesses outside of our boundaries to join as associate members.
Town of Springhill
Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada, population of approximately 3900, incorporated 1889, located in the heart of Cumberland County, about 20 miles from the New Brunswick border, is very centrally located to serve the Atlantic Provinces. Both the C.N.R. main line and the Trans-Canada Highway are within four miles of the town’s boundary. Once noted for its coalfields, and historically a coal mining community, Springhill now has no working mines and the main sources of employment are the Federal Penitentiary and small industry.
The Springhill Miners’ Museum, located on the Black River Road, remembers the toil and tragedies of those who worked and died underground.
Springhill is the birthplace of international recording star Anne Murray. The Anne Murray Centre, located in downtown Springhill, pays a fitting tribute to the world-class achievements of the singing superstar.
As the central community in Cumberland County, Springhill provides easy access to the TransCanada Highway, Amherst, Oxford, River Philip and Parrsboro.
First settled in 1790 the settlement grew up near the highest land in Cumberland County, a rounded hill-top 652 feet above sea level. The town received its name from one of the earliest settlers who called the place Spring Hill because of the number of springs on the hillside. The new community was for some years a pioneer agricultural settlement until in 1825 the hillside and surrounding county were laid off in grants.
Coal was first discovered in the early 1830’s but it wasn’t until 1873 that the Springhill Mining Company started mining on a large scale. For a detailed history of the Cumberland coal field see the Louis Frost notes. The tragic mine disasters of the 1956 Explosion and the 1958 Bump brought an end to large scale coal mining in the community. The #2 and #4 mine workings can be seen below.
In November, 1959, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded the Carnegie Medal (a gold medal) to the officials and workmen of the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation Limited, and local doctors who risked their lives to rescue 174 miners who were trapped by an underground convulsion in a company mine at Springhill, Nova Scotia, on October 23, 1958. The inscription reads as follows:
“Through their tireless and unceasing efforts over a period of nine days, during which there was constant danger of further violent upheaval and of noxious gases, they effected the rescue of the surviving miners in a disaster which caused the death of seventy-five of their fellow workers. The courage and determination of these men and women, who were willing to sacrifice their lives that others might live, exemplified the highest degree of heroism to the people throughout the world.”
This medal was kept in Halifax. On May 4,1988, it was brought home to the Springhill Town Hall and unveiled by Mayor William H. Mont and Monson Harrison. Mr. Harrison was one of the men who accepted the gold medal on behalf of the town in November 1959. For more Information regarding the Carnegie Hero organization, see the following web site: www.carnegiehero.org .
Two Main Street fires, in 1957 and 1975 have also added to the town’s economic problems over the past years.
Despite these setbacks, Springhill continues to progress, and has enjoyed a gradual diversification of industry and employment, resulting in a much more stable economy. During World War I and II, young Springhill men and women were among the first to enter the Armed Services of Canada and during the conflicts had the highest and second highest per capita enrolment of any community in Canada.