Our Town...Our Home
Bridgewater is a small community located in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire. Its residents and property owners value the rural qualities of the town and the region. They like the small town atmosphere. It is safe and friendly, and is a good place to raise a family or to retire. They value the forests, pastoral open spaces, and water bodies as locations for outdoor recreation, and for the scenic beauty they provide.

Bridgewater received its charter on February 12,  1788, when it was part of the town of New Chester. New Chester encompassed a land area from Franklin, NH to Plymouth, NH. New Chester was separated into Bridgewater and Hill, and at a later date, was further divided into Bristol, Danbury, and Wilmot. Early settlers of the area were from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, giving the town its name. Bridgewater was officially incorporated by John Sullivan, who was President of New Hampshire before the title was changed to Governor. The town line follows the eastern shore of Newfound Lake.

Fire Dangers: Outside fires need a Fire Permit. Call the Fire Department at 744-6047 or Highway at 744-6039. A recent structure fire prompts us to remind all the dangers of fire pits and/or grills near or on wooden decks. Also, grills near the house or overhang of the house can cause a fire. Please be sure to extinguish all unattended fire before retiring for the night.

NH State Primary: Voting Hours:  9/9/2014 - 11am to 7pm at the Town Hall. (Absentee ballots - Call the Town Clerk )

Supervisors of the Checklist Meeting: 9/2/2014 - 7pm to 7:30pm at the Town Hall.

Computer Scam! Residents are receiving phone calls and computer "pop-ups' asking to access to your computer. DO NOT give anyone unsolicited access to your computer. Call our Police Department with details and the incident will be reported to the FBI cyber-division. 

Culvert Awareness: The recent heavy rains of July 28 prompt us to remind all the danger of being dragged into a culvert and killed!! This happened in 1998 to a Bridgewater resident in similar weather conditions. This reminder is no exaggeration. FEMA told us that the rule of thumb is: "... if your head will fit into a culvert.....so will you. No matter your size...!" This is especially sobering for children. Please heed this warning. Rushing water and the resulting hydraulics are dangerous. 

Old Home Day. The annual Old Home Day event will be held at the Town House on Bridgewater Hill on Saturday August 16, 2014. Events start at 10AM

Public Service of NH Electrical Notice: There will be a scheduled electrical outage from 8:30am to 11:30am on Tuesday August 12 for the purpose of line upgrades. Rain date Wednesday August 13, 2014

Draft Regulations for Refuse Haulers:  The Refuse District have drafted regulations for companies
that haul/pickup your waste products: Liability, safety and recycling issues has prompted the necessity for the regulation. There are no cost implications for the customers of these services.
To review these regulations click here.

Wild Meadow Wind Project Abandoned:

Update 8/6/2014: EDP, another wind developer, is still in the site evaluation process. Please continue to support the long and short term goals of the above groups to finally end these projects around this scenic lake.

Notice: The 2012 Town Meeting voted to authorize a fine of up to $ 125 per day for construction without a building permit. Please contact the building inspector at 744-5055 before starting your projects. If your project/upgrade generates w‚Äčaste, please plan for the expense relative to the fees at the refuse facility. See the following link: HB Reports For building permit application, see the following link: Permit

Public Notice:  If you plan to have a gathering of 50 or more, a permit is required. The purpose of the permit is to plan for parking and other public safety matters prior to the event. See the following link: or contact the town hall for further information. 

2013 Tax Rate Set: The 2013 tax rate has declined to $ 9.65. This is the second year of decline and the town finances continue to strengthen.  For a copy of the Selectmen s newsletter click: 2013 Newsletter and for comparison tax rates in NH, click NH Tax Rates

2013 Summary of Class Reconfiguration Study in SAU4  

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