The Bridgewater Deed

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Old Bridgewater Historical Society
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A historic 368-year-old land deed is in desperate need of preservation. We're asking for your help!


raised by 37 people

$4,090 goal

Goal Met and Bridgewater Deed Being Preserved!

Update posted 7 years ago

I am happy to report that thanks to the generosity of so many wonderful people, we have actually exceeded our fundraising goal for the preservation of the Bridgewater Deed!  I was in contact with the North East Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) this morning, and was told that the document has been fully treated, and is waiting to be placed into its new frame.  They hope to have the job completed by the end of the month!  We will let everyone know when the Deed will be returning home.  A huge thank you to all of our donors!

In March of 1649, three colonists stood on Sachem's Rock in the historical town of Bridgewater, and purchased 196 square miles of land from the Wampanoag Native American Tribe.  The land they purchased today consists of the towns of Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Brockton (previously North Bridgewater), and parts of many more.  

This is the original document signed on that historic day by Constant Southworth, Samuel Nash, Pilgrim Myles Standish, and Massasoit, Sachem of the Wampanoag Tribe.  

Today, the ink is badly fading on this document and it needs to have an archival-quality housing so that this 368-year-old document will remain for many generations to come.  Conservation work will be done by the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA.  Please help us preserve this document now.

Thank you for your donations!

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