West Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts (Plymouth Colony)

West Bridgewater was first settled in 1651 as a part of Olde Bridgewater. The town separated from Bridgewater and was officially incorporated in 1822, the second of the three communities to separate from Bridgewater over the span of three years (after North Bridgewater, now Brockton, and before East Bridgewater). The town, like many in the area, had both agrarian and industrial roots; the Town River provided water power for milling, and irrigation for farming.