Bridgewater in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
By the latter part of the 18th century, petitions were made to New Milford for a separate ecclesiastical society, a request granted in 1803. A meetinghouse, the present Congregational Church, was erected in 1807. Most early settlers were Congregationalists, but other faiths were represented as well.
Early Bridgewater was divided into several districts, each having its own store, school, mills, and blacksmith and woodworking shops. Sheep were raised and tobacco grown. Dairy farming developed in the 19th century. Hat making flourished 1823 to 1870, when Glover Sanford & Sons had a factory on Hat Shop Hill. For some years Bridgewater was the boyhood home of Captain William D. Burnham, founder of the American Hawaiian Steamship Company. His generous bequests made possible the library and the school on Main Street that bear his name. The town was also the birthplace and place of business of Charles B. Thompson, a leading pioneer in mail-order selling. Bridgewater today is largely residential.
the Bridgewater Historical Society
and the Connecticut Historical Commission
Erected 1979 by Town of Bridgewater, Bridgewater Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1722.
Location. 41° 32.026′ N, 73° 21.934′ W. Marker is in Bridgewater, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is at Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgewater CT 06752, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Childhood Home of Capt. William D. Burnham (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin Red Oaks (within shouting distance of this marker); Bridgewater Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Bridgewater WW I Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bridgewater WW II Memorial (about 300 feet away); The Orzech Family Preserve (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bridgeport Wood Finishing Company (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lover’s Leap State Park (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgewater.
Also see . . . Bridgewater, Connecticut. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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