Place:West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

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NameWest Bridgewater
Alt namesCentre Villagesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25006067
West Bridgewater Centresource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25006067
TypeTown
Coordinates42.017°N 71°W
Located inPlymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Old Graveyard
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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West Bridgewater is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 6,916 at the 2010 census.

History

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West Bridgewater was first settled in 1651 as a part of Olde Bridgewater. The town separated from Bridgewater, Massachusetts and was officially incorporated in 1822, the second of the three communities to separate from Bridgewater (after North Bridgewater, now Brockton, and before East Bridgewater) over the span of three years. The town, like many in the area, had both agrarian and industrial roots; the Town River provided water power for milling, and irrigation for farming. The town is home to the oldest standing parsonage in the US (the Keith House, 1662). The town is also believed to be the site of the first industrial park in the US, now the site of the Town Park. The original Ames shovel works was located in the park. Today the town is mostly residential.

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