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Berkley (Massachusetts)

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Berkley (first settled c. 1638) [1] is a small town in Bristol County, Massachusetts bordered by Dighton, Taunton, Lakeville, and Freetown. It is located in a very rural area and is surrounded by a lot of woodlands. Coming from Dighton you will encounter the Taunton River when entering, while coming from Freetown, MA, you will see the Assonet Bay.

Berkley Massachusetts 1895 map

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Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

Route 24 and Route 79 pass through Berkley. Berkley is 5-minute drive to/from Route 140 in East Taunton via Route 24. Berkley is also accessible by traveling north up Rt. 44 from Rhode Island/Massachusetts and crossing through Taunton, MA, or south down Rt. 44 from Middleborough, MA. The Berkley–Dighton Bridge passes over the Taunton River and is a route from Dighton to Taunton and vice versa.

221-09 Berkeley Dighton Bridge

By Plane[edit]

There is one local public airport located in Berkley, however it only has one runway. The next closest is in Taunton, MA, about 15 minutes away. Both located within an hour away are larger airports, T.F. Green Airport in Warwick and Logan International Airport in Boston, Ma.

  • Logan International Airport, 1 Harborside Dr. Boston, MA 02128, 800 235 6426. Large airport with national and international flights daily.  edit
  • Myricks Airport, Padelford Street, 508 822-2457. Small local public airport with 1 (turf) runway that is about 2466 feet in length.  edit
  • Taunton Municipal Airport, Westcoat Drive, East Taunton, 508 821 2973 (fax: 508-821-3723). Small regional airport with runways of about 3,500 ft. and 2,500 ft.  edit
  • T.F. Green Airport, 2000 Post Rd Warwick, RI 02886, 888 268 7222. Large airport with national flights daily.  edit

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Dighton Rock State Park, Bay View Avenue, 508 644 5522. This state park covers 85 acres and is popular for picnics, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and is home to the Dighton Rock. Dighton Rock is an 11-foot high boulder that once rested on the Taunton River. The rock, carved with ancient designs, now rests in a small museum at the park. It is very clean and animals are allowed. Dighton Rock State Park is open seven days a week; the museum is open by appointment only.  edit

Dighton Rock Museum

Berkley Congregational Church, 31 S. Main Street, 508 824 0676. Approx. 1.7 miles south west of Route 24. This church was founded just two years after the towns founding in 1635. The church still offers religious services.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Berkley Public Library, 3 North Main Street., 508 822 3329, [2]. Here there are daily readings, crafts, and activities for children whose ages range from about 2-6.  edit

Berkley Library

Bridge Village Heritage Park, Located on the Berkley side of the Berkley-Dighton Bridge this small park offers a scenic view of the Taunton River in addition to water access for canoes and kayaks. You can also fish here and on a nice day you will see many people doing so.  edit

Canoe Passage Outfitters, 120 Ingell Street, Taunton, 1 800 689 7884 (). Kayak and canoe rentals are offered, as well as a variety of guided tours/trips (with rated skill levels) throughout the local Narragansett Bay Watershed. The guided tours/trips that are offered are the following: kayak, canoe, photography, snorkeling, swimming, moonlit, kids kayak camp, etc.  edit

Chaos Theory, 541 Berkley Street, 508 269 9039, [3]. Chaos Theory is a local, “cross-fit” type of gym that focuses on functional training, high intensity interval training, and private training sessions. Programs include personal training, group training, and a Chaos Boot Camp.  edit

Chamberlain Farm, 12 Friend Street, 508 880 2817, [4]. Chamberlain Farm has been family owned and operated since 1969. The farm hosts functions, parties, weddings, field trips, and birthdays. Hayrides, a corn maze, and harvesting cranberries are some of the activities offered there during the corresponding seasons.  edit

Get Around[edit]

By Car[edit]

In Berkley, most people choose to drive cars in order to get places because there is not a bus or rail service in town. The nearest regional bus service is in Fall River, MA (Southeastern Regional Transit Authority; 508 672 6071) and the nearest rail service is in Providence, RI. (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority: Providence; 401 274 9290).

Other[edit]

Berkley is full of walkers/joggers, bike riders, and dog walkers. Roads in the area do not have sidewalks for the most part, but the roads are usually not heavily populated with traffic.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bayview Cafe, 90 Bayview Avenue, 508 692 9630. Tuesday-Thursday 6:30 am-8 pm, Friday 6 am-9 pm, Saturday 7am-9 pm, Sunday 7 am-7 pm. Serves coffee/tea and new and traditional American food: burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and pizza.  edit
  • Countryside Pizza and Restaurant, 130 Myricks St (Near the intersection of Myricks Street and County Street), 508 823 0568. Serves pizza, calzones, sandwiches, etc.  edit
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, 126 Myricks St, 508 977 9992. Monday-Friday 4 am-10 pm and Sunday 4 am-10pm. Offers coffees, tea, and a variety of baked goods.  edit
  • Pizza Market, 539 Berkley Street (Cross Streets: Between Townley Drive and Bonnie Drive), 508 822 3707, [5]. Open seven days a week: Monday-Thursday 11 am – 9 pm and Friday and Saturday 11 am – 10 pm. Offers a variety of pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, subs, and other dinners.  edit

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There are no hotels located in Berkley. The closest one is approximately 15 minutes away in Raynham, MA.

  • Courtyard By Marriot, 37 Paramount Drive, Raynham, MA 02767 (4.7 miles away), 508 822 8383. Rooms start at $119/night. The most upscale hotel in the area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire hotel and the hotel offers a 24-hour business center and a quick print station. There is also fitness center as well as an indoor pool and whirlpool. Pets are not allowed.  edit
  • Hampton Inn, 600 New State Hwy, Raynham, MA 02767 (4.6 miles away), 508 822 6222. Rooms start at $107/night. Here you can find a complimentary local shuttle service within a 5-mile radius of hotel and also a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning. Close points of interest include the Wrentham Premium Outlets and Patriot Place Shopping Center.  edit
  • Quality Inn, 164 New State Hwy, Raynham, MA 02767 (4.2 miles away), 508 824 8647. Rooms start at $90/night. Pets are welcome. It is $10.00/night per pet, and two pets are allowed per room.  edit
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