Excerpt from Historical Sketches of Towns in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties, Massachusetts
This town is twenty miles south of Boston, on the Fall River branch of Old Colony Railroad. There are four vil lages in the town, viz: Centre, Campello, Factory Village, and Northwest... Bridgewater.
The Centre is the largest village, containing seven or eight churches, and is a great manufacturing and mercantile com munity. The Citizens are very patriotic and enterprising. In deed, the whole town is noted for its intelligence and thrift. The surface of the land is generally level, except a few small elevations. There are three or four small streams, hav ing factories, where considerable business is carried on.
This part of old Bridgewater was called the North Pre cinct. But this Precinct included also lvest Bridgewater. In 1738, 55 citizens belonging to the North Parish, petitioned the General Court to be set off into a separate township. Thereupon they were allowed the powers of a distinct parish. Rev. John Porter was called to be the minister in 1740. Dying in 1802, he was succeeded by his colleague, Rev. Asa Meech, who had been called and ordained in 1800, and Was dismissed in 1811. The third minister was Rev. Daniel Huntingdon, ordained in 1812, dismissed in 1833. The fourth minister was Rev. Paul Couch, born in Newburyport, graduated at Dartmouth College, 1828, settled here in 1835. He preached here till 1859, when he was called to North Cambridge, Mass. Rev. Nathaniel B. Blanchard, was the next minister, a native of Abington, and then, in 1863, Rev. Edward L. Clark.
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