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Brief History of Bridgewater.
The 33 square mile area that is now the Township of Bridgewater was originally bought from a tribe formerly living in the area. Chartered by The King George II of England in 1749, Bridgewater is a modern suburban community with a mix of residential and commercial uses. During the early years, Bridgewater used to be a farming town. Somerville & Raritan were once part of Bridgewater Township as well until they broke away a few years after the chartering.
Today Bridgewater is a diverse and thriving town with a mix of both rural and suburban lifestyle. Township is prime ground for many young and large businesses, including Sanofi-Aventis, J&J, MetLife & Phillips-Van Heusen. Bridgewater has been progressing rapidly from its rural roots and will continue to grow strong in the future.
The Middlebrook Trail, located in Bridgewater, NJ is the home to many amazing plants & animals, but the largest contributions which have made the trail rise in popularity are the many projects done by the Eagle Scouts and other contributors. Without the assistance of Eagle Scouts and other volunteers, including building bridges, boardwalks, and the stairs on steep hills, the Middltrailebrook Trail would not be what it is today.
Geography of Bridgewater
According to the United States Census, the Bridgewater township had a total area of 32.510 square miles, including 32.037 square miles of land and 0.473 square miles of water.
While much of Bridgewater is relatively flat, the northeastern portion of the township is increasingly hilly.
The Raritan River with its branches and tributaries form most of Bridgewater’s borders with other municipalities. The Raritan runs beside Township’s south border, and the North Branch of the River forms the west border. North Branch and the South Branch of the Raritan River meet at the far southwestern corner of Bridgewater near the border with both Branchburg and Hillsborough and this point, known as the Raritan River Confluence, used to be intended to be a major reservoir.
Bridgewater Township’s Postal Code is 08807, with 08836 used in the community of Martinsville, and 08805 used in the Thomae Park section. Bridgewater’s area codes are 908 & 732/848. Bridgewater is a part of the Raritan Valley (the line of cities in Central New Jersey). Bridgewater rests in the western division of the Raritan Valley along with Branchburg and Raritan.
Bridgewater is a town in Somerset County, NJ. As of the 2010 Census, the township’s population was 44,464 displaying an increase of 1,524 (+3.5%) from the 42,940 in the year 2000, which had increased by 10,431 from the 32,509 in 1990.
Bridgewater Township was established by Royal Charter on April 4 from parts of the Northern precinct. It was included in one of Jersey’s original group of 104 townships by the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798.
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