The Bridgewater Historical Society provides special events throughout the year including rotating exhibits, lectures and presentations, a community open house and educational programs. We participate in the Vermont History Day and other statewide activities.

Brick School House
12 North Bridgewater Rd
Bridgewater, Vermont
All programs are free and open to the public/Refreshments provided.

Season Events for 2018

The Annual Meeting of the Bridgewater Historical Society will convene
Sunday October 21st at 2pm at the Old School House, 12 North Bridgewater Road.

It will begin with a short business meeting that will include review
of the year’s accomplishments and election of Board of Directors.
Following the meeting Gordon Tuthill, long time Woodstock resident,
surveyor and historian, will give a presentation on
Bridgewater’s Unique Land Division after the Charter of 1761.
Free admission and refreshments

 

 

The following 2017/18 programs are available on Woodstock TV Channel 8.
See link below each program.

John Atwood, a long time Bridgewater resident, will present a program on the North Bridgewater Cemetery. Started as a private burying ground, it was transferred in 1827 to the town of Bridgewater. John will discuss its development, tombstone and epitaph style changes, and will relate stories of several of its families.
Program Video Link:

 

Leslie Askwith, author of “Thunder-Struck Fiddle, The Remarkable True Story of Charles Morris Cobb and His Hill Farm Community in 1850s Vermont.” Learn about Charles Morris Cobb growing up on the road he called Rum Street.

Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/tiVJs1KBX_s

 

Bill Mares, writer and beekeeper for 45 years, tells of The origins and evolution of beekeeping, with particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. “Bees Beseiged: A History of Beekeeping” is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

Program Video Link:
https://youtu.be/B0_vUNJNKOk

 

Stephen Butz, author of “Shays’ Settlement in Vermont a Story of Revolt and Archaeology”, will discuss his research into Shays” Rebellion and his surprising findings. There will be a book signing. Stephen is heading up the first formal archaeological excavations of Shay’s settlement in Sandgate. Come hear about the local connection Bridgewater has with Daniel Shays.

Program Video Link:
https://vimeo.com/286411567

 

Thomas Giffin, President of Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA) will talk about the services they offer to towns to assist with the maintenance of cemeteries. For more information the website is http://www.voca58.org.

Program Video Link:
https://vimeo.com/274912967?ref=em-share

 

The Bridgewater Historical Society is hosting a Vermont Humanities Council event
Linda Radtke – “Vermont Civil War Songbook”
Singer and researcher, Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by Arthur Zorn will share songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era.

Program Video Link:
https://vimeo.com/241424895

 

The Bridgewater Historical Society is hosting a Vermont Humanities Council event
Howard Coffin: Vermont and the Civil War
This program will focus on Company E, the Second Regiment United States Sharpshooters and the Berdan rifle that they used. There were 12 soldiers credited to Bridgewater and others from nearby towns that were buried here that fought in this regiment.

Program Video Link:
https://Vimeo.com/220072109                                 
                                              

Gettysburg monument that honors                                                                DeAlgeroy Thompson
Vermont Sharpshooters Company E and H

 

Jeff Leich – “Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing”
BHS will be hosting a presentation on the 10th Mountain Division by Jeff Leich, Executive Director of the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH. He is the author of 2 books, Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine and Tales of 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing.
Bridgewater had at least four 10th Mountain Division soldiers.

Program Video Link:
https//vimeo.com/222724276

 

 

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