Located in the midst of lush farming country, Bridgewater is situated at the crossing of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. By 1820, the site's abundant waterpower and location at the falls gave rise to growth as a port for shipping goods downstream to Port Republic and on to the Potomac River. Bridgewater's prosperity, checked by the Civil War, was revived by the establishment in 1880 of Bridgewater College (RH29).
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