Bible Hill, Nova Scotia

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Bible Hill
Coat of arms of Bible Hill
Coat of arms
Motto(s): A Progressive Community
Bible Hill is located in Nova Scotia
Bible Hill
Bible Hill
Location of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°22′32″N 63°15′37″W / 45.37556°N 63.26028°W / 45.37556; -63.26028Coordinates: 45°22′32″N 63°15′37″W / 45.37556°N 63.26028°W / 45.37556; -63.26028
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Municipality Colchester County
Founded Early 1700s
Incorporated 1953
 • Village Chair Lois MacCormick[1]
 • Governing Body Bible Hill Village Commission
 • MLA Lenore Zann (NDP)
 • MP Bill Casey (L)
Highest elevation 37 m (121 ft)
Lowest elevation 11 m (36 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 8,913
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Postal code B2N
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchanges 893 ,897, 895
NTS Map 011E06

Bible Hill is a Canadian village in Colchester County, Nova Scotia.[3] It lies on the north bank of the Salmon River, opposite the town of Truro and the unincorporated community of Salmon River.

Bible Hill functions as a suburb of Truro with several residential subdivisions. The village is home to Bible Hill Junior High School, Bible Hill Consolidated Elementary School and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture.


The name Bible Hill is derived from a prominent hill which rises above the flood plain on the grounds of the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture (formerly the Nova Scotia Agricultural College) on the northern bank of the Salmon River.

It was believed that the hill took its name from Matthew Archibald (1745–1820), the son of one of the first Irish settlers in the area.[4] He was locally renowned for his piety and extensive use of the Bible. It was thought that the name of the hill on which he lived came from his use of the Bible.[5] It is suggested that name stuck when Joseph Howe coined the term on one of his visits to this house on the hill.[6] Contrary to this long-standing legend, the origin of the name is currently believed to have come from the work of Rev. Dr. William McCullough (1811–1895) several years later.[7]

Coincidentally, McCullough lived in the house built by Matthew Archibald many years earlier.[4] He was the minister of Truro’s First Presbyterian church (now First United Church) from 1839–1885, and had inherited an interest in Bible distribution from his father, Dr. Thomas McCullough, one of the founders of the Nova Scotia Bible Society. He distributed Bibles, free of charge, to anyone who wanted one.[8] Over the almost 50 years of Rev. McCullough’s ministry, the hill on which he lived, where one could obtain a Bible free of charge, became known as Bible Hill.


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  2. ^ Bible Hill Community Counts Government of Nova Scotia
  3. ^ Nova Scotia Community Counts: Statistical profile
  4. ^ a b Miller, Thomas (1873). Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers of Colchester County: Down to the Present Time, Comp. from the Most Authentic Sources. A. & W. Mackinlay. 
  5. ^ Official Village History
  6. ^ Central Nova Scotia Tourism
  7. ^ Hamilton, William (1996). Place Names of Atlantic Canada. University of Toronto Press.  p. 295
  8. ^ Hamilton, William (1996). Place Names of Atlantic Canada. University of Toronto Press. 

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