Prior to 1900, Bridgewater had thousands of horses that pulled farm implements and wagons of all types. Every neighborhood had a blacksmith shop ranging from a small forge in a barn to more elaborate shops like this one on Broad Street across from Friendly’s. This one had a ramp to the second floor for wagon repairs. Blacksmiths were also your neighborhood repair men for all sorts of equipment. They could repair harnesses, wagon wheels, a broken shovel, a plow or put a new handle on a frying pan. If you broke it, the neighborhood “smithy” could fix it.
Historian from Bridgewater