West Bridgewater

Historic church gets facelift

The pastor of the landmark First Church of Bridgewater said the congregation has completed repairs to the roof and has begun raising money to restore the church façade. The Rev. Carol Ashton said the church dates back to the early 1800s and is the fourth structure to house the congregation, which was founded in 1651, the year the area was settled as a part of Olde Bridgewater. “The congregation has done a terrific job keeping the building up, but it is a wooden building and it is 200 years old,” she said. The $47,000 roof repair was self-funded by the church, which will also foot the bill for the estimated $100,000 needed to restore the façade. Ashton said she believes the community supports efforts to maintain the historic structure, and in return the church is continually looking for ways to expand its presence in the community, including after-school programs and a lecture series open to all.