The Town of Bridgewater historically flourished as an industrial and agricultural center within Southeastern Massachusetts. The historic character of the community is largely preserved in the Federal, Italianate and Greek revival commercial and civic structures surrounding the central common. Landscaping on the common and elsewhere in the downtown is meticulously maintained by the Bridgewater Improvement Association, a non-profit organization devoted to the beautification of the community. The Bridgewater downtown remains a vital center of community life where such activities as autumn and Christmas holiday festivals are conducted each year. Bridgewater today is a growing community of over 20,000. Its central location at the interchange of Route 24 and Interstate 495 provides convenient access to Boston, Providence and Cape Cod. The town also carries the distinction of hosting the oldest and largest state college and correctional institution in Massachusetts. This rich history and diversity of activities has made Bridgewater an attractive place to residents and businesses alike.