Bridgewater Historical Commission

Bridgewater Historical Commission The Bridgewater Historical Commission is an advisory committee for the Town of Bridgewater municipal government. All photos are property of Bridgewater HC.

More photos of the 1918 Victory Parade.
11/11/2019

More photos of the 1918 Victory Parade.

1918 Victory Parade
11/11/2019

1918 Victory Parade

Bridgewater Independent article from November 15, 1918 describing the first Victory Parade. A year later, President Wood...
11/11/2019

Bridgewater Independent article from November 15, 1918 describing the first Victory Parade. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day. Armistice day became Veterans Day in 1954.

Bridgewater had some very odd decorations in 1880.
11/06/2019

Bridgewater had some very odd decorations in 1880.

Riviera Cafe back in 1939.  The movie showing at the Capitol theatre was Each Dawn I Die, starring James Cagney.  You ca...
11/06/2019

Riviera Cafe back in 1939. The movie showing at the Capitol theatre was Each Dawn I Die, starring James Cagney. You can see the poster in the window.

11/06/2019
Bridgewater Historical Commission's cover photo
11/05/2019

Bridgewater Historical Commission's cover photo

MCI Bridgewater in 1887. The Department of Fire Services Training Academy will be located on this property.
11/04/2019

MCI Bridgewater in 1887. The Department of Fire Services Training Academy will be located on this property.

Since 2006, the Community Preservation Act (CPA) has funded many projects throughout Bridgewater, including the Academy ...
09/08/2019
Bridgewater CPA Plan FY2020-2025

Since 2006, the Community Preservation Act (CPA) has funded many projects throughout Bridgewater, including the Academy Building, Music Alley, Legion Field, and many more! Bridgewater’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is currently updating their plan which outlines priorities and goals for funding over the next five years. Projects can be in any of the four CPA categories—Affordable Housing, Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation—and helps guide the CPC in evaluating project applications.

Bridgewater’s Community Preservation Committee needs to hear from you!

Please complete this short online survey:

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The CPC will also hold a public hearing later this year to gather public comments on the drafted plan and its priorities.

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The Town of Bridgewater’s flag has a prominent location in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. What are you...
08/20/2019

The Town of Bridgewater’s flag has a prominent location in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House.

What are your thoughts on our flag? Why does it have a castle on it? What do the words on the ribbon mean?

07/05/2019
Town of Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater Town Manager Michael Dutton tours the Town Hall building and discusses the potential cultural uses of the building. The town received a $30,000 feasibility grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities fund. Exciting opportunity for our town!

Bridgewater 4th of July parades throughout the years.
07/04/2019

Bridgewater 4th of July parades throughout the years.

Bridgewater's 4th of July parade in 1910.
07/04/2019

Bridgewater's 4th of July parade in 1910.

07/04/2019

Bridgewater 4th of July parade

07/04/2019

Happy 4th!

Happy Flagg Day!
06/14/2019

Happy Flagg Day!

Town of Bridgewater, MA
06/14/2019

Town of Bridgewater, MA

Assistant Town Manager Kim Williams attends the MA Cultural Council meeting to thank the Baker administration and the Council for the feasibility study grant funding we secured to plan the future use of the old Town Hall.

Help shape the future of Bridgewater. The Open House will be an opportunity for the community to learn about the goals o...
06/03/2019

Help shape the future of Bridgewater.

The Open House will be an opportunity for the community to learn about the goals of the Master Plan and to give feedback.

Consultants and Committee members will be there to answer questions. Refreshments will be served as well.

Hope to see you there!

For updates, visit http://bit.ly/bwcmp

05/27/2019

Memorial Day Parade

Lewis Legare Simpson. During the Civil War, he served as a Private in Company G of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infa...
05/27/2019

Lewis Legare Simpson.
During the Civil War, he served as a Private in Company G of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 22 years old, married and working as a shoemaker when he enlisted from Hingham, Massachusetts on 25 November 1863. He was wounded in action on 30 November 1864 at the Battle of Honey Hill. Discharged 25 May 1865 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1890 Bridgewater’s Civil War Veterans
05/27/2019

1890 Bridgewater’s Civil War Veterans

05/27/2019

Mount Prospect Cemetery

Bridgewater’s Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:30 am on Perkins St. and ends with a brief ceremony at the war memorial o...
05/27/2019

Bridgewater’s Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:30 am on Perkins St. and ends with a brief ceremony at the war memorial on the Town common.

Cemetery salute services start at 8am at the Mount Prospect Cemetery. This is an excellent opportunity to show your respect and to visit some of Bridgewater’s History.

Bridgewater Historical Commission's cover photo
05/24/2019

Bridgewater Historical Commission's cover photo

Town of Bridgewater, MA
05/24/2019

Town of Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater Residents: Tell us what YOU want in YOUR Town!! We'll never get there unless you tell us where we are going! Please come to the open house and talk with the Comprehensive Plan Committee members about what you would like to see in YOUR town. Refreshments too! Wednesday, June 5 from 4:30 to 8:30 at the Bridgewater Senior Center, Wally Krueger Way. Stop in any time and spend a few minutes with us.

Great news for Bridgewater!Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment awarded the Town of Bridgewater with a $30,000 feas...
05/22/2019

Great news for Bridgewater!
Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment awarded the Town of Bridgewater with a $30,000 feasibility grant to study the potential reuse of the Town Hall as a Cultural Center.

The #CulturalFacilitiesFund is a state program that provides capital and planning grants to nonprofits, colleges, and municipalities that own or operate facilities primarily focused on the arts, humanities, and sciences.

https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/9-27-million-in-new-capital-funds-awarded-to-support-mass-cultural-economy/

Bridgewater Town House (Town Hall) around 1880.  The person in the buggy is named Dr. Sawyer.
05/22/2019

Bridgewater Town House (Town Hall) around 1880. The person in the buggy is named Dr. Sawyer.

Don’t forget....
04/27/2019

Don’t forget....

Did you know that the current Academy Building shown below is actually the 4th Academy Building?The 1st Academy was buil...
04/24/2019

Did you know that the current Academy Building shown below is actually the 4th Academy Building?

The 1st Academy was built in 1799 and burned down 25 years later.

The 2nd Academy was built in the 1830’s, was identical to the 1st but was built further back on the property.

The 3rd version (shown)was built in 1868 to accommodate the increased student body after the end of the Civil War.

In the 1890’s, the Academy was expanded again. Over the years, this 4th Academy Building has been used as a school, police station, library and as a municipal building.

Bedford Street looking south from Winter St. in 1935 and now. The house on the left used to be the Tydol Gas Station.  S...
04/24/2019

Bedford Street looking south from Winter St. in 1935 and now. The house on the left used to be the Tydol Gas Station. See comments for more photos.

Here is some information on W.H. McElwain, George E Jones and L.Q. White.
04/23/2019

Here is some information on W.H. McElwain, George E Jones and L.Q. White.

The Shoe industry was very important to Bridgewater.  More photos and details to follow.
04/22/2019

The Shoe industry was very important to Bridgewater. More photos and details to follow.

The Shoe industry was very important to Bridgewater. More photos and details to follow.

Bridgewater Historical Commission's cover photo
04/21/2019

Bridgewater Historical Commission's cover photo

Then and Now: Workers posing for a photo outside of the McElwain Shoe Factory on Perkins St.  Taken around 1900. More sh...
04/21/2019

Then and Now: Workers posing for a photo outside of the McElwain Shoe Factory on Perkins St. Taken around 1900. More shoe industry photos to follow.

04/19/2019
Up Next: Bridgewater Shoe Factory History. This is a postcard of the McElwain Shoe Factory on Perkins St.If you have any...
04/19/2019

Up Next: Bridgewater Shoe Factory History.

This is a postcard of the McElwain Shoe Factory on Perkins St.

If you have any stories or photos related to the Bridgewater shoe industry, please share in the comments.

04/19/2019

Trains!

In 1846, the railroad came to Bridgewater, connecting the town to Boston and Fall River.The former Bridgewater station, ...
04/19/2019

In 1846, the railroad came to Bridgewater, connecting the town to Boston and Fall River.
The former Bridgewater station, is now a Burger King restaurant. It served as a train station until 1959, then again from 1984 to 1988 as a stop on the Cape Cod & Hyannis Railroad.
The current station opened on September 29, 1997, along with the rest of the Middleborough/Lakeville and Plymouth/Kingston Lines.

In 1846, the railroad came to Bridgewater, connecting the town to Boston and Fall River.
The former Bridgewater station, is now a Burger King restaurant. It served as a train station until 1959, then again from 1984 to 1988 as a stop on the Cape Cod & Hyannis Railroad.
The current station opened on September 29, 1997, along with the rest of the Middleborough/Lakeville and Plymouth/Kingston Lines.

Train Stations win!  The Bridgewater Railroad Station was designed by New York Architect Bradford L. Gilbert.  Construct...
04/18/2019

Train Stations win! The Bridgewater Railroad Station was designed by New York Architect Bradford L. Gilbert. Construction was completed in 1894. It was constructed with Milford Pink Granite, Red Stone trimming, concrete platform and interior finishes of oak.
Bradford Gilbert designed other rail stations in the area, such as Canton Junction and North Abington.

04/17/2019

What Bridgewater History would you like to see next?

In light of tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, where many historic artifacts were lost, please conside...
04/16/2019

In light of tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, where many historic artifacts were lost, please consider donating any photos, documents or memorabilia of Bridgewater’s history to the Historical Commission.

Any non digitized photos that are shared can be scanned and the originals returned to you.

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15 South St.
Bridgewater, MA
02324

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The purpose of the Historical Commission is to preserve, protect, and develop the historical and archaeological assets of the Town. The Commission may conduct research for places of historic and archaeological value, and shall cooperate with the State Archaeologist in conducting such research. It seeks to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may, subject to appropriation and approval by the Town Manager, advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which it deems necessary for its work.

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The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is having this free genealogy event in 2 weeks!
Please come to this FREE event at The Old Bridgewater Historial Society!
Does anyone know where on Summer Street Eleazer Carver lived? He owned the Carver Cotton Gin Co. near Carver's Pond.
Historical Speaker - Mr. Willie Wilson May 9th @ 7PM in Dana Mohler Faria Science Building Auditorium Rm. 120 24 Park Ave. BSU Title: The Underground Railroad and It's Impact in "Old Bridgewater" All are welcome - free admission One Book, One Community event based on our spring read, "Freedom by Any Means" by Betty DeRamus
Thanks for the share
Looking for any info on 264 Summer st. Records say built in 1690, but we were always told the house was moved from somewhere else, not sure when or from where.
Thanks so much for sharing this with me. What is the Academy Bldg used for these days?