Hebbville (pop. 765) is an incorporated village bordering the town of Bridgewater in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The village borders numerous other unincorporated communities as well as Fancy Lake on its southern border. A board of five commissioners administers village activities.Demographic Information from 2011 Census
Hebbville is primarily a residential area, co-existing with a variety of light industry and boasting the largest concentration of auto dealerships in the western region of Nova Scotia. The tradition of farming still remains an important part of the community, including the oldest continually operating cranberry march in Canada and the oldest family farm in Nova Scotia, Stewart Hebb Greenhouses.
The village has one school, Hebbville Academy, serving grades P-9 with student population of 687. The school was constructed in 1997 and offers students a wide variety of modern teaching aides. It also serves as a collector school for much of the western part of the county. Hebbville is also seeing much growth in subdivisions as people in Bridgewater look for areas where the tax rate is lower. Much new housing is in the planning stages along the William Hebb Road in particular, which borders town limits.
Hebbville is also a popular recreation destination, boasting several clean lakes and streams with one of the last remaining populations of Atlantic Whitefish in the world.
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The Village of Hebbville, originally Hebb’s Mills, emerged as a mill town in the latter part of the 18th century. Two industrious Hebb brothers, George and Nicholas, travelled from Hechman’s Island near Lunenburg to settle a home. They travelled inland several miles from the LaHave River with supplies on their backs and built two log cabins along a river they called Pleasant River. With a history of sawmilling in their blood, they took quick notice id the quality of the woodland and established a water-powered sawmill on the river.
Generations later, fire devastated local forests; leading to the end of mills, making way for farming to become the new way of life in Hebbville. A number of orchardists got together and developed the Hebbville Fruit Company, shipping apples out of the area to England and other markets. The blockades of the Second World War brought an abrupt end to this channel of distribution with England – one that never really recovered.
While farming remained an important stable of the community, construction companies and light-industrial businesses emerged as major employers for many residents. Hebbville also evolved as a bedroom community of Bridgewater due to its close proximity to all of the town’s amenities.
The future looks bright for the Village of Hebbville as its residents continue the tradition of hard work and ingenuity.