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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''West Bridgewater'''
  
== History and Tidbits  ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of West Bridgewater. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.
  
=== Neighboring Communities ===
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== Brief History ==
  
== Family History Resources  ==
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The area was first settled in 1651 and organized at the West or First Parish of [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] in 1664. The area was in [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]]. The area was placed in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]]. The parish became its own town in 1822.
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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== Historical Data ==
  
[http://books.google.com/books?id=W_gOAAAAYAAJ&printsec=titlepage&source=gbs_summary_r#PPP9,M1 Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater]  
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 123. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.  
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Village or section names include Cochesett, Eastondale, Elmville, Jerusalem, Matfield, Richard's Corner, and Westdale.  
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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|-
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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| 16 Feb. 1822
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| First or West Parish of Bridgewater set off as the new town of West Bridgewater.
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| 26 Jan. 1825
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| Border between West Bridgewater and North Bridgewater established.
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| 8 May 1893
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| Part annexed to Brockton upon their approval on 7 Nov. 1893, effective 1 Mar. 1894.
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== Town Histories  ==
  
=== Historical Societies  ===
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Works written on the town include:
  
=== Genealogy Societies ===
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*"History of West Bridgewater" in D. Hamilton Hurd, ed., ''History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts ...'' (Philadelphia, 1884), p. 888-937.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/cu31924028818206#page/n1249/mode/2up Internet Archive] [''includes graveyards condensed from Latham's work on p. 903-918''].<br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bridgewater,_Massachusetts West Bridgewater Wikipedia page].
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== Vital Records ==
  
=== City or Town Web site  ===
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The town's vital records are available in many locations: {{MAPlyWesMap}}
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.town.west-bridgewater.ma.us/Public_Documents/WBridgewaterMA_Clerk/index '''West Bridgewater Town Clerk's Office''']<br>65 North Main Street<br>West Bridgewater MA 02379<br>Phone 508-894-1200<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, 1774-1905, {{FHL|774094|item|disp=FHL film 2047539}}.
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*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1762-1908, on 56 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911)<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|231241|item|disp=FHL film 874035 Item 4}}).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofweb00west Internet Archive] and in a database at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=West%20Bridgewater American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2725651 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231241|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/W2 V2v}}.
  
=== City or Historical Libraries ===
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::This includes, in part, church records from the First Church in Bridgewater (now in West Bridgewater) (C.R.1) and the Baptist Church. Deaths are included from Old Grave Yard (G.R.1), Powder House Cem. (G.R.2), Jerusalem Cem. (G.R.3), Alger Cem. (G.R.4), Ames Family Burying Ground (G.R.5), Pine Hill Cem. (G.R.6), Old Cem. near Methodist Church, Cochesett (G.R.7), and Pleasant Hill Cem., Cochesett (G.R.8).
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== City Directories ==
  
=== Nearest Family History Center  ===
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West Bridgewater was published in 1869/70, 1872/3, 1874/5-1880, 1882, 1884-1887/8, 1889-1890, 1892, 1894/5, 1896/7-1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1931 (often with Brockton).
  
Hingham Massachusetts <br>379 Gardner St<br>Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States<br>Phone: 781-749-4815<br>Hours: T 6:30pm-9pm; Th 9am -2pm; Sat 9am-1pm<br>Closed: Aug: Saturdays
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The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
  
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Other holdings:
  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1878/9, 1882, 1884, 1887/8, 1890, 1892, 1894/5, 1896, 1898-1903, 1905-1910, 1913-1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1931.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1874-1880, 1882, 1884-1885, 1887, 1889-1890, 1892, 1894, 1896, 1898-1919, 1921-1922, 1924-1927, 1929-1933, 1935 on {{FHL|721719|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1869/70, 1872/3, 1874/5-1880, 1882, 1884-1887, 1889-1890, 1892, 1894/5, 1896/7-1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1931.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1018212~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1878/9, 1882, 1884, 1887/8, 1890, 1892, 1894/5, 1896, 1898-1903, 1905-1910, 1913-1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1931.
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== Cemeteries  ==
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day West Bridgewater. For locations of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/westbridgewater/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.
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:#Alger Cemetery and tomb, 1801. (A, D) [''Note: Most graves were re-interred at Pine Hill Cem.'']<br>Transcription [http://plymouthcolony.net/bridgewater/latham/051.html online].
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:#Ames Family Burying Ground, n.d. (A)
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:#Dunbar Family or Walnut Street Cemetery, 1749.
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:#Jerusalem Graveyard, 1749). (A, D)<br>Transcription [http://plymouthcolony.net/bridgewater/latham/045.html online] and resurveyed in 1989 [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/plymouth/towns/westbridgewater/cemeteries/ceme001a.txt online] with differences.
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:#Methodist Church or Cochesett Cemetery, n.d. (A, C)
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:#Old Graveyard, 1683. (A, B, D)<br>Transcription [http://plymouthcolony.net/bridgewater/latham/009.html online].
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:#Pine Hill Cemetery, 1870. (A, C)
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:#Pleasant Hill Cemetery, n.d. (A, C)
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:#Powder House Cemetery, 1747. (A, D)<br>Transcription [http://plymouthcolony.net/bridgewater/latham/033.html online].
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:#Thayer-Fish Family Cemetery, 1818. (A, B, D)<br>Transcription [http://plymouthcolony.net/bridgewater/latham/191.html#thayer online].
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). ''Vital Records of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911). [See links above for various versions of this source.]<br>(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}.<br>(C). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscripts Dept., Boston, Mass.<br>(D). William Latham, ''Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Massachusetts'' (Bridgewater, Mass., 1882) -- a digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W_gOAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>
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== Churches  ==
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The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.
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:#First Congregational Church (Unitarian) (now [http://www.firstchurchwb.org/ The First Church]), 1651, records good for 1721-1808, 1836-present.
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:#First Baptist Church, 1785-1833, records good. [''This church was dissolved and some of its members were founders of a new Baptist Society in the same year. The records are with this new church.]''
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:#Baptist Church (now [http://www.wbbchome.org/ West Bridgewater Baptist Church]), 1833, records good.
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church (now St. Paul's Episcopal Church), Cochesett, 1841, no condition given.
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:#[http://home.comcast.net/~stanns/ The Church of Saint Ann], 1927.
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:#[http://www.nebcministries.org/ New England Baptist Church], 1973.
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:#The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, n.d.
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:#Gift of New Life Ministries, n.d.
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:#[http://www.joyofpentecost.com/ Joy of Pentecost], n.d.
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:#[http://www.templebaptist.info/ Temple Baptist Church], n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
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There have been no newspapers published in West Bridgewater.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
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[http://www.sailsinc.org/westbridgewater/ '''West Bridgewater Public Library''']<br>80 Howard Street<br>West Bridgewater MA 02379<br>Phone 508-894-1255
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[http://www.oldbridgewater.org/ '''Old Bridgewater Historical Society''']<br>162 Howard Street<br>PO Box 17<br>West Bridgewater MA 02379<br>Phone 508-559-1510
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== References  ==
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: '''''<b>Plymouth Co.:</b>'' [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] | [[Brockton, Massachusetts|Brockton]] | [[East Bridgewater, Massachusetts|East Bridgewater]] | '''''Bristol Co.:''''' [[Easton, Massachusetts|Easton]] | [[Raynham, Massachusetts|Raynham]]</center><br>
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png West Bridgewater

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of West Bridgewater. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Brief History

The area was first settled in 1651 and organized at the West or First Parish of Bridgewater in 1664. The area was in Plymouth Colony. The area was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The parish became its own town in 1822.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Village or section names include Cochesett, Eastondale, Elmville, Jerusalem, Matfield, Richard's Corner, and Westdale.

Border changes
Dates Events
16 Feb. 1822 First or West Parish of Bridgewater set off as the new town of West Bridgewater.
26 Jan. 1825 Border between West Bridgewater and North Bridgewater established.
8 May 1893 Part annexed to Brockton upon their approval on 7 Nov. 1893, effective 1 Mar. 1894.
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

  • "History of West Bridgewater" in D. Hamilton Hurd, ed., History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts ... (Philadelphia, 1884), p. 888-937.
    Digital version at Internet Archive [includes graveyards condensed from Latham's work on p. 903-918].
  • West Bridgewater Wikipedia page.
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Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:


Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Church in Bridgewater (now in West Bridgewater) (C.R.1) and the Baptist Church. Deaths are included from Old Grave Yard (G.R.1), Powder House Cem. (G.R.2), Jerusalem Cem. (G.R.3), Alger Cem. (G.R.4), Ames Family Burying Ground (G.R.5), Pine Hill Cem. (G.R.6), Old Cem. near Methodist Church, Cochesett (G.R.7), and Pleasant Hill Cem., Cochesett (G.R.8).
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City Directories

West Bridgewater was published in 1869/70, 1872/3, 1874/5-1880, 1882, 1884-1887/8, 1889-1890, 1892, 1894/5, 1896/7-1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1931 (often with Brockton).

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day West Bridgewater. For locations of cemeteries, see PlymouthColony. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Alger Cemetery and tomb, 1801. (A, D) [Note: Most graves were re-interred at Pine Hill Cem.]
    Transcription online.
  2. Ames Family Burying Ground, n.d. (A)
  3. Dunbar Family or Walnut Street Cemetery, 1749.
  4. Jerusalem Graveyard, 1749). (A, D)
    Transcription online and resurveyed in 1989 online with differences.
  5. Methodist Church or Cochesett Cemetery, n.d. (A, C)
  6. Old Graveyard, 1683. (A, B, D)
    Transcription online.
  7. Pine Hill Cemetery, 1870. (A, C)
  8. Pleasant Hill Cemetery, n.d. (A, C)
  9. Powder House Cemetery, 1747. (A, D)
    Transcription online.
  10. Thayer-Fish Family Cemetery, 1818. (A, B, D)
    Transcription online.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1911). [See links above for various versions of this source.]
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3.
(C). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept., Boston, Mass.
(D). William Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Massachusetts (Bridgewater, Mass., 1882) -- a digital version at Google Books.

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Churches

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. First Congregational Church (Unitarian) (now The First Church), 1651, records good for 1721-1808, 1836-present.
  2. First Baptist Church, 1785-1833, records good. [This church was dissolved and some of its members were founders of a new Baptist Society in the same year. The records are with this new church.]
  3. Baptist Church (now West Bridgewater Baptist Church), 1833, records good.
  4. Methodist Episcopal Church (now St. Paul's Episcopal Church), Cochesett, 1841, no condition given.
  5. The Church of Saint Ann, 1927.
  6. New England Baptist Church, 1973.
  7. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, n.d.
  8. Gift of New Life Ministries, n.d.
  9. Joy of Pentecost, n.d.
  10. Temple Baptist Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

There have been no newspapers published in West Bridgewater.

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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

West Bridgewater Public Library
80 Howard Street
West Bridgewater MA 02379
Phone 508-894-1255

Old Bridgewater Historical Society
162 Howard Street
PO Box 17
West Bridgewater MA 02379
Phone 508-559-1510

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 123. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co.: Bridgewater | Brockton | East Bridgewater | Bristol Co.: Easton | Raynham