Bridgewater is located 10 miles northeast of Danbury and approximately 80 miles from New York City. Nestled in the hills just to the south of New Milford, Bridgewater is one of the smallest and least developed communities in Litchfield County. It boasts a simple town green with well-preserved historic architecture, the Burnham Library www.burnhamlibrary.org and the Bridgewater Village Store, famous for its Bridgewater Chocolates, homemade breads and pastries, gourmet food items, soups and salads, specialty sandwiches, and gifts. True to its Yankee roots, it is also well known for being the last remaining dry town in Connecticut.
The unpretentious town center surrounding the green gives Bridgewater its current charm, and its rural landscapes and proximity to recreation such as Lake Lillinonah, the Shepaug River and the hiking trails within the Weantinoge Land Trust www.weantinoge.orghave drawn residents and visitors from afar. There are working farms and vineyards across its sweeping hillsides, including Trowbridge’s Ltd., one of the leading Arabian breeding and training facilities in the countrywww.trowbridgesltd.com. (Photo: Riders showcase two of Trowbridge’s Ltd. Arabians on a local trail.)
People have come to Bridgewater to experience the natural beauty, the privacy and quiet way of life it offers. They also come to experience events that make it unique. The annual Bridgewater Country Fair www.bridgewaterfair.com is held each August and is sponsored by the Bridgewater Fire Department. This is an incredibly entertaining family event in the traditional fair style. Come witness draft horse pulls, crafting demonstrations, animal judging, live music, carnival rides, games and of course, standard fair food! This year’s fair runs Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17. (Photo: The Weantinoge Land Trust acquired 22 acres of the outstanding Thomas Peardon Farm in Bridgewater, with its spectacular views of the Housatonic Range.)
In addition to this great family event, the Bridgewater Recreation Commission has organized sports for its youth including Shepaug Basketball http://shepaugbasketball.org/. Contact the Recreation Commission at 860-355-9133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, there are plans underway to develop a skate park for local children www.bridgewaterskatepad.com.
The public education system is part of Region-12. This includes Burnham School (K-5) in Bridgewater, Shepaug Valley Middle School and Shepaug Valley High School in Washington. For more information about local town government please visit www.bridgewater-ct.gov.