Bridgewater Postal History
Aroostook County, Maine

a project of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 111 - Shawmut, Maine  04975
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 21 February 2021)


Thank you for the contributions to this page from the Strout family collection.



During the history of the town of Bridgewater, there have been three post offices.

Briefly, the history of these three is as follows:
1. Boundary post office operated from 12 May 1898 until 30 November 1905.
2. Bridgewater (1) post office opened on 8 February 1849, closed on 21 April 1860, re-opened on 13 September 1860, and closed on 19 October 1894.
3. Bridgewater Center post office opened on 27 November 1885 and was renamed on 1 March 1927 as Bridgewater (2) post office, which is still operating.


In 1914, there was only one post office in what is now Bridgewater: Bridgewater Center. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from Bridgewater include:
Boundary
Bridgewater (1)
Bridgewater (2) Bridgewater Center



Bridgewater (2)


1927 March 1:
   The former Bridgewater Center post office was renamed as Bridgewater (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1927 July 14:
   Donald W. Stackpole appointed Acting Postmaster.

1927 December 15:
   Donald W. Stackpole appointed Postmaster.

1936 January 31:
   Bethe M. MacDonald appointed Acting Postmaster.

1937 February 2:
   Betha M. (MacDonald) Stone appointed Postmaster.

1938 July 14:
   The circular postmark is […] mm in diameter.
      
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1949 July 5:
   The circular postmark is approximately 30 mm in diameter.
      
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1956 October 31:
   George W. Brewer appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1958 July 24:
   George M. Roberts appointed Postmaster.

1979 January 26:
   Arnold R. Scott appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1979 July 25:
   Andrew W. Pendexter appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1979 September 8:
   Phyllis G. Billings appointed Postmaster.

1989 September 29:
   Clinton H. Watson appointed Officer-in-Charge.

1989 December 30:
   Trudy B. Bradstreet appointed Postmaster.

2014 September 29:
   Amyee Pryor appointed Officer-in-Charge.

2014 November 1:
   Bridgewater (2) post office was converted to a Remotely Managed Post Office under the direction of the Postmaster of the Mars Hill post office.

today:
   Bridgewater (2) post office is still in operation.


Bridgewater Center


1885 November 27:
   Bridgewater Center post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1911 February 10 through 1912 October 9:
   The circular postmark is 29–30 mm in diameter.
         
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1926 November 12:
   George W. Barrett appointed Acting Postmaster.

1927 March 1:
   Bridgewater Center post office was renamed as Bridgewater (2) post office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)