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Town Hall
64 Central Square
Bridgewater, MA 02324

Quick History

Establishment and former town name(s) [1]

3 June 1656: Established as a town. "Ordered, that henceforth Duxburrow New Plantation bee allowed to bee a township of yt selfe, destinct from Duxburrow, and to bee called by the name of Bridgewater ..." (Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. III, page 101)

Archiac name: Duxburrow Plantation, Foords Farm, Hockomock, Ketitcut, Nunketest, Titicut

Section/Villages within the town: Bridgewater Iron Works, Bridgewater Junction, Dublin, Japan, Nippenicket Park, Paper Mill Village, Pratt Town, Scotland, Sprague's Hill, Stanley (former R.R. station), State Farm, Titicut.


Boundary Changes [1]

3 June 1662: Certain land granted Bridgewater

1 June 1675: Boundary line established, Court ordered "... to Run the line between Bridgewater and Middlebury (probably Middleborough)". (Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. XI, page 241)

11 February 1691: Lands between Bridgewater and Weymouth, called "Foords Farms", and parts adjacent annexed

10 June 1712: Part included in the new town of Abington.

20 November 1770: Part of Stoughton annexed.

8 February 1798: Part of Stoughton annexed.

15 June 1821: Part established as North Bridgewater (now Brockton).

16 February 1822: Part established as West Bridgewater.

14 June 1823: Part established as East Bridgewater.

20 February 1820: Part annexed to Halifax.

23 February 1823: Bounds between Bridgewater and East Bridgewater established.

20 March 1838: Bounds between Bridgewater and East Bridgewater established and part of each town annexed to the other town.

21 April 1931: Bounds between Bridgewater and East Bridgewater established.

Neighboring Communities

East Bridgewater | Halifax | Middleborough | Raynham | West Bridgewater



Cemeteries (off page, due to long list)

Church History and Records

Unspecified Church
  1. First Congregational (United Church of Christ)
  2. North Congregational




Land and Deeds Records


  1. USGS GNIS FID 613482
  2. Google
  3. Homelocator

Military History and Records




Social Life and Customs

Societies, Libraries and Museums


Town Records

Vital Records



  1. 1.0 1.1 Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].


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