Located near the navigable head of the Tuckahoe River, Bridgetown was originally called Nine Bridges by at least 1774 because the causeway was originally said to have had nine small bridges, now all incorporated into one bridge. This town was the first incorporated in the county. The "Nine Bridges" post office of 1811 was changed to Bridgetown in 1841. Slave trader Marcy Fountain lived here during the Civil War. One of the first canneries on the Eastern Shore, a peach cannery, was reputedly established here in 1867.