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Oxford is a town in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada 32km east of Amherst. The town is directly serviced by Routes 104, 204, 301, and 321.HistoryOxford was founded in 1791 by settler Richard Thompson. The name "Oxford" is derived from the shallow river that was used to enter the town. Early settlers used Oxen to cross, or "ford", the river, and thus derived the town's name.GeographyOxford is located at the junctions of three rivers, the largest of which is River Philip. Much of the town lies in a floodplain and floods are common during the springtime. Salt Lake is located between the Black River Road and the Trans Canada Highway. A series of swamps and meadows connect this lake to the River Philip.IndustryOxford is considered the wild blueberry capital of Canada as it is centred in a large blueberry growing region. Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd., a wild blueberry processor, is the largest employer in the town, processing up to three million pounds of berries a day during peak season. The plant and over 12,000 acres blueberry land are owned by local businessman, John Bragg.Historically, the town was home to a vibrant manufacturing industry with a woollen mill and foundry being key employers.
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