Discussing the importance of the history of Bridgeport, NY, is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book titled Bridgeport from local author Judy Barrett boasts a collection of more than 200 archival images.
“Bridgeport is still a hamlet, which is another factor in the continuance of the uniqueness of our community,” writes author Judy Barrett. In her new book, Barrett celebrates the history of this unique hamlet, which lies in both the towns of Cicero, in Onondaga County, and Sullivan, in Madison County. It is divided only by Chittenango Creek, which was the main attraction for settlement in the early years.
Judy Barrett states, “History has always been an intriguing subject for me and I hope that more people will develop that interest because of what they learn about the history of their community.” Barrett culled vintage photographs from local resident’s collections in order to complete this pictorial history. Included are images showing the many farms that once dotted the landscape as well as the small industries that sprang up in the hamlet and the development of Route 31.
Judy Barrett was born and raised on a farm along Oneida Lake in Bridgeport. She graduated with a degree in history from LeMoyne College, continued her education by obtaining a further degree in education at Syracuse University, and became a teacher. She retired after 32 years of teaching and is presently working part-time at the Bridgeport Library.
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