November 17, 2022
Bridgewater, MA is one of the oldest and most charming towns in Massachusetts. With plenty of historical architecture, a rich past, and surrounded by scenic beauty, it’s the perfect getaway. If you’re looking to skip the tourist crowds, the off-season is the ideal time to plan your trip. Take some time to relax in Bridgewater before the surge of summer tourists busts in.
The grounds of Stiles and Hart Conservation Area started out as Bridgewater Brick Company before being bought out by Stiles & Hart Brick Company in 1913. Not long after, most of the buildings were destroyed due to the hurricane of 1938 and while the brick production ceased, clay mining continued well past WWII.
Today, you can still see the ruins of abandoned structures; evidence of this site’s industrial past, while nature has taken over the rest. New species of vegetation and greenery have taken over the wetlands and marshes, and various animals have taken shelter in and around the area.
Established in 1691, Bridgewater Iron Works at Stanley was the first producer of iron in the American Colonies; second largest by 1860. It aided the Civil War effort by manufacturing ammunition and ship iron. Abandoned in 1988, the industrial site was donated to the town and the ruins of the old stone and slate foundry now coexist with a developing forest.
Enjoy leisurely strolls along both sides of the Town river, a quick walk to Bridgewater Center, and check out the privately-owned ladder that aids in the reproduction of herring! The entire grounds of the park is a highly interesting place with a lot in store.
Within the next few years, the Town of Bridgewater wants to make this historic area a space where locals can enjoy nature while also physically standing within the town’s past. Take a trip to see what this old iron plant looks like now, and then revisit to see how man and nature work together to transform it.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, join local vendors and community members for Christmas on the Common – a town-wide holiday celebration. Every year on the first Sunday of December, families and businesses gather in the town common to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus!
The event is a way for visitors and locals alike to celebrate the spirit of the season and enjoy a day full of great food, gifts, smiles, and giving back to the community. Since 1985, the BBA (Bridgewater Business Association) has donated over $150,000 to help more than 500 local residents. Events like these make donations of that caliber possible and it’s something the entire town is proud to contribute to.
Aside from meeting the famous resident of the North Pole, there are plenty of activities planned for all attendees. Enjoy a variety of local food, live music, pictures, pony rides, shopping and more! The event runs from 12 pm to 4 pm, rain or shine (or snow) but make sure to stay till the end and watch the Christmas Parade!
Lake Nippenicket is a breathtaking gem that offers an idyllic setting for various recreational purposes. This beautiful lake is a beloved Bridgewater destination with plenty to do, and beautiful scenery.
Many people just sit around and enjoy spending quiet moments taking in the tranquility of the area. Additionally, the sunrise and sunset on the water is absolutely unmatched so if early mornings or late nights are up your alley, definitely stop by the lake for the views.
Take your family fishing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, and feel free to bring your own boat!
If nature walks are on your itinerary, enjoy the various walking and hiking trails. You’ll find a diverse population of animals that call the lake and the surrounding areas home so please be respectful as they all rejoin us outside after the winter.