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Springfield, Nova Scotia

Springfield is located between Middleton (in the Annapolis Valley) and Bridgewater (on the South Shore). Springfield is in the centre of western Nova Scotia located on Trunk 10, 140 km west of Halifax.

Springfield's economic development has been shaped largely by the forestry industry, but farming has also been an important occupation in this area. Most of the forests are privately owned, and many can best be called farm woodlots, or Balsam fir Christmas tree farms. Many of the Christmas trees are shipped to other eastern Canadian provinces or to the United States.

The largest sawmill in Nova Scotia once was located in this village. It was built in 1902 and operated under the name the Davison Lumber Company. They built numerous railway lines in the area to haul logs. One connected with Lake Pleasant. In 1905, the company built 30 houses, a large three-story cookhouse, an office, and a school. In 1914, Hastings, (the mill site was named after owner John M. Hastings of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) continued to boom with more houses, a warehouse, a store, a doctor's office, and a large clubhouse (which contained a bowling alley, two pool tables, a dressing room and a dance hall). The mill went bankrupt in the 1920s and a fire destroyed the mill in 1928. The fire consumed all the mill buildings and 35 of the remaining 55 houses. On September 10, 2005, a history book was launched in Springfield and a monument at the old Lumber Mill site was unveiled.

Today, Springfield has a Canada Post Office, a general store, a fire hall, garages, a small number of forest related businesses, farms, a large armed forces campground on Lake Pleasant, a ball field and picnic park on Springfield Lake, and a Baptist Church. Local shopping and schools are in New Germany and many people commute to Bridgewater for employment and larger stores. There, the largest employer is the Michelin Tire Plant.

Lake Pleasant and Springfield Lake are located in the community; both lakes are popular cottage and camping areas that offer trout and salmon fishing, boating, swimming, and year round hiking.

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