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Bridgewater

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Bridgewater
State:
Connecticut
County:
Litchfield County
Probate District:
44
Year Established:
1803
Year Incorporated:
1856
Form of Government:
Selectman-Board of Finance-Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
P.O. Box 216
44 Main ST South
Bridgewater, CT 06752
(860) 354-5102
Mon., Wedn., Fri.: 8 AM – 12:30 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM – 3:30 PM
Thursday: CLOSED
Web Address:
www.bridgewatertownhall.org/

History Brief:
In 1722 Samuel Clark, an original proprietor of New Milford, had a portion of his share of land surveyed in the southerly part of that town known as Shepaug Neck, and settlements began about 1734. The first school district was established in 1758. By the latter part of the 18th century, petitions were made to New Milford for a separate ecclesiastical society, a request granted in 1803. It was incorporated as Bridgewater in 1856, taking its name from the first bridge across the Housatonic River, completed in 1737. Town vital records begin 1856.

   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Shepaug Neck
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:New Milford
 
Population (5)
Year:1860
Population:1048

Year:1900
Population:649

Year:1950
Population:639

Year:2000
Population:1824

Year:2010
Population:1727
 
Founding Families (2)
Surname:Canfield

Surname:Treat
 
Cemeteries (2)
Name:Center Cemetery
Location:Route 133

Name:South Cemetery
Location:Christian ST
 
Churches (2)
Name:Bridgewater Congregational Church UCC
Location:10 Clapboard RD
Website:bwucc.org/

Name:St Mark's Episcopal Church
Location:5 Main ST
Website:www.episcopalchurch.org/parish/st-marks-episcopal-church-bridgewater-ct
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (3)
Name:Kinneys Corners

Name:Lake Lillinonah

Name:Mead Corners
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (1)
Name:Van Wyck Brooks, literary critic
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (0)
No Data Available.
 
Schools (1)
Name:Burnham Elementary School
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:80 Main ST South
Website:www.region-12.org/subsite/brs
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Burnham Library
Type:Current
Location:62 Main ST South
Website:burnhamlibrary.org/
 
Published Histories (1)
Name:History of the Town of New Milford and Bridgewater CT
Author:Samuel Orcutt
Date Published:1882
Publisher:Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Co Hartford CT
Description:Covers the history of the towns from 1703 until 1882. The book was reprinted in 1976 by the New Milford Historical Society.
 
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Dorothy Gustafson
Contact Data:139 Keeler Road
Bridgewater, CT 06752
 
Vital Records (0)
No Data Available.
 





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