Whitman

42° 04′ 50.38″ N -70° 56′ 8.16″ W

2018 Population: 15,168

  • See you tonight at 6:30pm!
    Community Dance tonight at Cedar St Community Center. 15 Cedar St Bridgewater. Contra, Squares & Circles. Live music with Full Tilt. Called & instruction by Chris Riccardi. Air Conditioned. $20 at the door. No partner or skills necessary. This dance honors the memory of Tom St Thomas and we will raffle off tickets to future… Read more: See you tonight at 6:30pm!
  • The Surprise & Joy of Tom
    I would let out a squeal -I couldn’t help it, the way Tom spun – I would be lifted, just a little, off the ground and that squeal of surprise and joy would just come out.  That’s what Tom brought, surprise and joy.  In the 11 years I danced with Tom, Sue and our whole… Read more: The Surprise & Joy of Tom
  • Lunch is Served Every Saturday!
    Volunteers make and serve free lunch to 100 guests, including neighbors and the housing insecure between 11 am and 2 pm each Saturday. Guests can also pick up toiletries and a change of clothes that day and connect with needed services. L Street Mission has been operating from the basement of the Central Methodist Church… Read more: Lunch is Served Every Saturday!
  • Day of the Dance Notes:
    We still have $20 Door tickets! Bring a friend! Huge thank you to our sponsors: Bluestone Bank, Bridgewater Cultural Council, BearStream AV & Bridgewater Trophy
  • Bridgewater Community Dance
    Bridgewater Community Dance, led by Sam Baumgarten, has been meeting at the Bridgewater Senior Center for 13 years, offering Folk, Square, Contra and Sacred Dances twice / month to a multi- generational group of dance enthusiasts. Sam’s mix of dances exercise the body, providing aerobic exercise, warming up to quicker movements; stimulate the brain the… Read more: Bridgewater Community Dance

Whitman was first settled by Europeans in 1670. Before becoming Whitman, it was the South Parish of Abington. The town’s name derived from resident Augustus Whitman. The town officially became Whitman in 1886. Before that, it was known as “Little Comfort.”

Whitman has a long history of shoe-making. Some famous factories in town included Regal Shoe and Bostonian Shoe. There were over 20 shoe-making and related factories that made metal shanks.

Known for “The Birthplace of the Chocolate Chip Cookie” (Whitman’s motto), Ruth Graves Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie at Toll House on Bedford Street in Whitman, late 1930s.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the total area of Whitman is 7.0 square miles. There are 7.0 square miles of land and 0.14% of water. Whitman is the 327th of 351 communities in the Commonwealth, and the second smallest in Plymouth county. Border towns are Abington (north), Rockland (northeast), Hanson (southeast), East Bridgewater (south), and Brockton (west).

Whitman is a part of Massachusetts’s 9th congressional district and represented in the MA House of Representatives as part of the  7th Plymouth district and represented in the MA Senate as the Second Plymouth and Bristol District. The town of Whitman is governed in an open town meeting form. It is led by a town manager and a board of selectmen.