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East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA - The Brockton Dahlia Farm

East Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

East Bridgewater was a part of Olde Bridgewater, as the "East Parish" founded in 1723, until it officially separated from Bridgewater and incorporated on June 14, 1823. wikipedia

East Bridgewater includes: Beaver, Browns Station, Curtisville, Elmwood, Harmony, Matfield, Northville, and Satucket.



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The Brockton Dahlia Farm
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Carver Cotton Gin Works
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Methodist Episcopal Church
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High School, 1909
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High School, 1909
Old Blacksmith Shop
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Old Blacksmith Shop
Belmont Baking Co.
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Belmont Baking Co.
Gin Works River, 1912
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Gin Works River, 1912
Hunting Square, 1914
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Hunting Square, 1914
Union St. from Central St.
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Osceola Pines, Robin's Pond
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1723 - East Bridgewater was a part of Olde Bridgewater, as the "East Parish" founded in 1723.

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1823 - East Bridgewater separated from Bridgewater and incorporated on June 14, 1823.

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1839 - East Bridgewater
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Plymouth county. This town lies on a branch of Taunton river, and was, until 1823, a part of the ancient Bridgewater. It is 24 miles S. by E from Boston, and 17 S.W. from Plymouth. Population, 1830, 1,653—1837, 1,927. East Bridgewater has a good water power, and manufactured in the year ending April 1, 1837, $414,044 value of goods. The articles consisted of cotton goods, boots, shoes, leather, bar iron, nails, tacks, lead pipe, chaises, window blinds, sashes and shoe boxes.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - EAST BRIDGEWATER. [Pop. 1,950. Inc. 1823.]
This town was a part of the ancient Bridgewater,

It manufactures many boots and shoes, and on a branch of Taunton River are several factories of cotton, nails, &c.

The cannon cast here during the war of the Revolution were of great service to the continental army.

Distance from Plymouth, 17 miles ; from Boston, 24.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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1859
EAST BRIDGEWATER, a township in Plymouth co., in the state of Massachusetts, U.S., 25 m. SSE of Boston. Pop. 1,950.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
East Bridgewater Massachusetts, 1890
East Bridgewater is a flourishing farming and manufacturing town in the northwesterly part of Plymouth County, 25 miles south by southeast of Boston by the Old Colony Railroad, which passes directly through it. It is bounded on the north by Whitman, east by Hanson and Halifax, south by Bridgewater, and west by West Bridgewater and Brockton. The assessed area is 9,930 acres, of which 2,328 is woodland.

The geological structure is carboniferous. There are valuable beds of clay suitable for brickmaking, which is carried on extensively. Near the centre is a deposit about thirty feet deep and of excellent quality. The material is dug and ground by steam-power, and dried in extensive sheds, so constructed as to be opened or closed at once for the admission of the sun or the exclusion of rain.

Satucket River, formed by Black Brook and Poor-meadow Brook, drains the southerly part of the town; while Beaver Brook and Snell-meadow Brook unite in the westerly part of the town and form... Read MORE...

1893 - May 21 - (East Bridgewater) - a fire wiped out the Old Colony Iron Foundry and Machine Shop, levelled the Methodist Church and two large warehouses.
The loss was estimated at $100,000.00. At one time 15 of the buildings were on fire. The cause of the fire was said to be a flying spark from the engine of the locomotive... It was said that had the fire broke out in the evening instead of the afternoon, the entire town would have been destroyed.
The History of East Bridgewater by Paul John Rich
1895 - East Bridgewater
East Bridge'water, a post-village of Plymouth co., Mass., in a township of its own name, on Taunton River, on the Abington & Bridgewater Railroad, and near the Old Colony Railroad, 24 miles S. of Boston. It has 4 churches, a savings-bank, a newspaper office, a rolling-mill, a nail factory, a brass-foundry, and manufactures of cotton-gins, shoes, and bricks. Pop. of the township in 1880, 2710; in 1890, 2911.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - The population of East Bridgewater was 3,025

The History of East Bridgewater by Paul John Rich
1916
East Bridgewater, a post-village of Plymouth co., Mass., in a township (town) of its own name, on the Taunton River and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 24 miles S. of Boston. It has foundries, manufactures of cotton-gins, shoe-machinery, boxes, and bricks. Pop. of the town in 1900, 3025.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher


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1938 - (East Bridgewater) The old First Church had its steeple blown off in the hurricane of 1938.

The History of East Bridgewater by Paul John Rich
1940 - The population of East Bridgewater was 3,822

The History of East Bridgewater by Paul John Rich
2023 - There are plenty of places to go and things to do in East Bridgewater and its surrounding areas. Here's a list to get you started:
1. Sachem Rock Farm: Start your visit with a trip to Sachem Rock Farm. This local treasure offers a chance to connect with nature, take a leisurely walk, or have a picnic by the picturesque pond. It's perfect for a relaxing day outdoors.

2. War Memorial Park: This park is not only a great place to enjoy the outdoors but also a spot to pay respects to the town's veterans. There's a lovely gazebo and walking path to explore, making it ideal for a family outing.

3. Visit Historic Sites: East Bridgewater has a rich history, and you can explore it by visiting historic sites like the Elmwood Cemetery and the East Bridgewater Common Historic District. The latter features beautifully preserved buildings dating back to the 18th century.

4. East Bridgewater Public Library: If you're a book lover, spend some time at the local library. You can browse their collection, use their resources, or simply enjoy a peaceful reading environment.

5. Frothingham Memorial Park: Another lovely park ... Read MORE...

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