Last Dry Town in Connecticut Finally Repeals Prohibition

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It’s party time in Bridgewater, because Prohibition is finally over
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Bridgewater, Conn., is 81 years late to the party, but it finally repealed Prohibition.

Bridgewater, Conn., is 81 years late to the party, but the last dry town in Connecticut has finally joined the 21st century and repealed Prohibition.

It’s been 81 years since the 21st amendment repealed Prohibition, but the tiny, affluent town of Bridgewater held onto it until election day last week.

Bridgewater has 1,725 residents, and at the polling place last week 246 of them voted to keep the town teetotal. But 660 people voted in favor of getting rid of the law that made everyone have to drive to the next town over if they wanted a beer.

According to Gothamist, Bridgewater residents could have alcohol at their own homes, but they could not buy it at a bar, restaurant, convenience store, or liquor store in town. It was probably a bit of an inconvenience, but the rule did not make that big of a difference to residents, because Bridgewater does not have a single bar or restaurant in town.

The case for repeal was made in the interest of attracting younger families to the town. It’s located about 80 miles north of New York and there are several properties for sale, but nobody seemed to want to move to a dry town, and the average age of a Bridgewater resident is over 50 years old.

If a restaurant or bar decided to open in Bridgewater, it could now sell alcohol thanks to the new vote. Alcohol still cannot be sold there in a convenience store or liquor store.