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Carver is a town in Massachusetts located 38 miles from Boston on the South Shore. In the 1940's Carver produced more cranberries than any other town in the world. Today, there is still extensive cranberry farming. It is one of the fastest growing towns in Massachusetts. Although Carver is now clearly a suburban commuter community, it is one of the few towns with a significant remaining agricultural component as cranberries have become a big national business.
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Get in[edit]

Cranberry bog being "wet harvested"
Cranberry bog being "dry harvested"

Carver can be reached via Interstate 495 or Route 3 to Route 44 west from Plymouth. If coming from out of state, the nearest airport to Carver is Logan Airport [[[1]]] in Boston, Massachusetts.

Get around[edit]

A car is necessary. Day trips to Cape Cod, Plymouth and Boston would be entertaining. In the summer season, day trips to other surrounding South Shore towns are close by and affordable. Beaches are located in the towns of Duxbury, Marshfield, Plymouth and Scituate

See[edit][add listing]

  • Myles Standish State Forest, Cranberry Road (off Tremont St.), South Carver Phone: +1 508-866-2526, [2].
  • Savery Avenue (off Route 58). This half-mile road wsa built in 1861 and was the first divided highway in America.

Do[edit][add listing]

The best time to visit the town of Carver is during the fall. During this season, local cranberries are harvested and can be seen at the cranberry festival at Edaville USA.

  • Edaville USA, Pine St. (off Route 58), South Carver, Toll Free: 1-877-EDAVILLE, [3], An old fashioned steam train theme featuring Thomas the Tank Engine Days, kid's rides and food stalls. In addition the Cranberry Harvest festival is held here in early October and the Christmas Light Festival from mid-November through December.
  • King Richards Faire, Main St. (Route 58), South Carver, Website: [4] Takes place each year on weekends from Labor Day to Columbus Day.

From the website: "King Richard's Faire is a vivid recreation of a 16th century English marketplace at festival time. Actors, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers, minstrels, mimes, magicians and musicians perform each weekend for the favor of his Royal Highness King Richard. Royalty and beggars, highwaymen and guards, knights and wenches, swordsmen and soothsayers roam throughout the 80 acre wooded village while artisans hawk and display a wide array of unique hand-made wares.

The Royal Chefs prepare delectable edibles authentic to Renaissance times. Exotic animals, jousting knights on horseback, challenging games and Renaissance merriment round out a day at the Faire."

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Flax Pond Cranberry Company, 1 Robbins Path, +1 508-866-2162 (). Sept 21-Oct 31 M-Th 11AM-4PM, F-Su 10AM-4PM. Farm store selling cranberries and a variety of cranberry products.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Casual Dining[edit]

  • Cornerstones, 93 North Main St (Route 58), +1 508 866-2665.  edit
  • Little Red Smokehouse, 145 S. Main St.(Route 58), phone= 508-465-0018 Mon- Closed, Tues-Thurs & Sun 12PM-9PM, Fri-Sat 12PM-10PM Authentic Southern Barbeque. http://www.littleredsmokehouse.com
  • Tiki Kye, 2 Montello St., phone= 508-866-7733 Chinese Restaurant. Mon-Thurs 11:30AM-12:30AM, Fri-Sat 11:30AM-1:30AM, Sun & Holidays- 12:00PM-12:30AM. http://tiki-kye.com/

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Larches Inn, 26 South Main St., +1 508-866-9228, [5]. Nice B&B overlooking Sampson's Pond.

Carver has no other hotels or motels. For more lodging try Plymouth.

Camping[edit]

  • Myles Standish State Forest, Cranberry Rd., South Carver, +1 508-866-2526, [6]. Mid April-mid October. Five different areas.
  • Shady Acres Campground and RV Center, 20 Shoestring Road, +1 508-866-4040, [7]. 200 sites.

Get out[edit]

While traveling to Carver, sightseeing in nearby Plymouth is a must. Only about a ten minute drive from Carver there is much more to do in Plymouth.

A living museum that reenacts the original settlement of the Plymouth colony. People are dressed in traditional Pilgrim clothing and are in character as if they still lived in the 17th century.

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