Bridgewater Connecticut Homes for Sale and Real Estate
Bridgewater is a picturesque village offers a country market, a post office and stately houses of worship in its center as well as a historic library, a schoolhouse and one of the best views of the Litchfield Hills atop Route 133.
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Bridgewater’s is home to the very popular Bridgewater Country Fair, which for decades has welcomed thousands of visitors from around the state. The fair offers three days of music, food, shopping and farm-related contests, demonstrations, exhibits and activities. It supports the town’s volunteer fire department and involves everyone, from the church on the corner in the center of town to the local Boy Scout troop, 4-H Club members, and of course, farmers who bring their cattle, lambs and sheep, oxen and goats.
As part of Litchfield County, Bridgewater is joined by Washington and Roxbury in the Region 12 school district that includes Shepaug Valley High School and two elementary schools. The town’s population, according to the 2010 census, is about 1,750.
Bridgewater’s main road, Route 133, has Brookfield to the south and New Milford to the north. Between it are sprawling parcels of property owned by local families that include horse and cattle farms as well as family estates. A number of artists make their home here, and a few movie actors too.
Early Bridgewater was divided into several districts, each having its own store, school, mills and blacksmith and woodworking shops. Sheep were raised and tobacco grown. Dairy farming developed in the 19th century and hat making flourished 1823 to 1870, when Glover Sanford & Sons had a factory on Hat Shop Hill.
Capt. William D. Burnham, founder of the American Hawaiian Steamship Company, grew up in Bridgewater, and his generous bequests made possible the library and the school on Main Street. The town was also the birthplace and place of business of Charles B. Thompson, a leading pioneer in mail-order selling.