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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.

Tax Rate Set: The 2014 tax rate has been initially set at $9.55. This is a $0.10 decline from the prior year. This the third year of decline. Good news for all. Tax bills will be mailed about Dec 1st.

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.

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. 

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 Summary of Class Reconfiguration Study in SAU4  

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