YOUR HOMETOWN: Town’s Past, Future Linked To Rivers

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Posted: January 22, 2014

The North River flows under the Va. 42 bridge in Bridgewater. The North, one of a multitude waterways of all sizes that make their way into the Chesapeake Bay, joins with the South River at Port Republic to form the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
A Civil War Trails marker along the North River shows Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s movement in Bridgewater after his victory over Union forces at the Battle of McDowell is seen . (Photo by Michael Reilly / DN-R)

BRIDGEWATER — If it weren’t for the North and Dry rivers, the town of Bridgewater probably would not exist.

The water brought life, jobs and, in some cases, death throughout the course of the…



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