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.
2015 Fiscal Matters Town finances improved significantly the last three years. We are beginning to plan for the next few years and, if the overall economy remains strong, our goals are: Maintain a level or slightly declining municipal tax rate; Invest in some necessary capital upgrades. (police cruiser; highway pickup truck and prudent upgrades in public safety equipment; continued tar overlay on selected roads, upgrade computer network)
In the Village District, we anticipate level funding while adding to the maintenance reserves for the roof replacement. The Refuse District funding will remain constant. We hope that other agencies follow and control their spending as well. Each fiscal year offers new challenges and we thank you for your continued support. We all should show our appreciation to our full and part time workforce for assisting in making Bridgewater an nice place to live. Best wishes for a Happy Holiday and New Year,
The Board of Selectmen