Springhill Miners' Museum:
Displays of mining equipment, tours of the wash house and lamp cabin are just a few of the things that one can experience at the Tour a Mine, Springhill Miners' Museum. Springhill thrived as a forestry and farming community until the 1830's when coal was discovered in massive quantities. It didn't take long for the first coal mine to open, setting the stages for a glorious, and often tragic, tradition. The Town quickly grew to become one of the largest producers of coal in Nova Scotia and eventually Canada.
A steep price was paid for this prosperity, though, and several hundred men lost their lives in the pits in a series of accidents and disasters in 1891, 1956 and 1958. It was in 1958 when this community entered the national spotlight when an underground earthquake slammed the floor of the No. 2 mine into the ceiling killing a number of men before they knew what had hit them and trapping countless others underground in small, dark pockets with little or no food and water and a dwindling air supply.
While 75 miners were lost in the bump, a number of others were saved after all hope was lost by the Springhill Miracle with the last survivors leaving the mine nine days after being entombed there by the bump. The never-say-die attitude of the rescuers and the perseverance shown by the community in the days following the disaster let to the awarding of the Carnegie Medal to the Town of Springhill. The Titanic survivors were the only other group to receive this prestigious award.
Visitors to the Tour a Mine can travel back in time to the days when coal mining was the lifeblood of Springhill. Operated by the Springhill Miners Heritage Society, the museum features many displays including the equipment used by the miners above and below ground, newspaper clippings, photos and other documents, as well as a dummy of a dragerman. Former coal miners are on hand to answer questions and to give guided tours of the wash house and lamp cabin. From there, visitors are asked to dress in "slickers" for the most exciting part of the tour - a trip underground into what use to be an actual coal mine!
The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning June 1st
Anne Murray Centre:
The Anne Murray Centre pays fitting tribute to the achievements of Springhill's internationally acclaimed singing superstar. A series of award winning three dimensional and audio-visual displays feature awards, memorabilia and highlights of her exciting career together with a special exhibit of the dramatic story of her hometown........Springhill.
Fans of Anne Murray will get a new piece of her history at the centre named for the Springhill recording sensation. Anne was awarded the 2006 CMPA Legacy Award and inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for her contributions to Canadian songwriters and the song writing industry in general. This will be one of the many changes that people re-visiting the centre will notice this year. The gift shop features quality souvenirs and treasures from Atlantic artisans.
For over 30 years, her unique voice and heartwarming style have made her a household name. She led the way for a generation of Canadian divas. Over the years, Murray's recordings have seldom been off the charts. She has sold close to 50 million albums and has won many awards. However, Anne Murray is more than just a Canadian icon. Her warm voice and well-loved songs have become woven into the fabric of our lives. Those requiring additional information on the centre can visit The Anne Murray Centre for more.
Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre:
Since the collapse of the original Springhill Arena in 2001, dedicated community members worked diligently to make the construction of a new community centre a reality. Through the hard work of many a multi purpose centre to accommodate sporting, recreational, cultural, tourism and business activities is the one of the many jewels in the community. The facility operates on geothermal energy - the largest facility in Atlantic Canada to rely on this power source.
Due to the local municipality's commitment to fiscal responsibility, the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre was constructed using a three phase process. To date only phase three is left to complete.
Phase I - This phase saw the construction of an arena with an NHL sized ice surface and seating capacity of 800. There are five dressing rooms, a room for officials, lobby and storage facilities, canteen with kitchen, coatroom, meeting/boardroom and walking track. Administrative offices for the Town's Park and Recreation Department is also housed here.
Phase II - This phase of the project includes a 3,100 square foot common room and a teen centre.
Phase III - This phase will consist of a 4,285 square foot community gymnasium with two additional dressing rooms.