The regions central location is a prime asset. Routes 495, 195, and 24 provide easy access to major markets. Restoration of rail passenger service to Boston and the relocation of Route 44 between Carver and Plymouth will make a good location even better. Several commercial bus lines further link Cranberry Country cities to various locations throughout New England.
Each of the regions nine communities offer ready access to a municipal airport and commuter rail. Throughout Cranberry Country, an overwhelming majority of workers handle their commute by driving themselves to their place of employment. Most spend less than 30 minutes on the road to reach their destinations.
Naturally Cranberry Countrys rich history provides a picturesque backdrop of home styles, from Italianate to Greek Revival. Many of the homes fall into one of two categories reports the most recent U.S. Census figures: built between 1970 1979 or before 1939. And in towns where neighbors enjoy greeting each other over the backyard fence, these residents become symbols of the idyllic American Dream.
But residents also appreciate these homes affordability. In each town, a large majority of house are owner occupied, with median values that other New England cities envy. For instance, the median value in Wareham is $121,200; in Bridewater, $163,500; $158,100 in Raynham; and $141,800 in Carver. Residential building permits have more than doubled in several towns in a four-year period.
Visitors to Cranberry Country are often attracted by Ocean Sprays Cranberry World West national presence. They stay for the remarkable experiences Mother Nature offers in the area:
Bridgewater: Chaffee Farms offers 295 acres of cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, nature observing and snowmobiling. The Bridgewater State lands add picnicking, ice skating, motor boating, tennis and swimming to that list.
Carver: Edaville Railroads 1,080 acres provide opportunity for fresh-water fishing and picnicking while the 600 acres at Great Cedar Swamp cater to those who like to add four-wheeling and walking/jogging to their activities. Shady Acres Campground and Pinewood Way Camping offer camping and golf facilities.
Halifax: Area residents take advantage of Halifax Country Clubs fine golf and tennis facilities, as well as the Peterson Swamp nature activities.
Lakeville: Hiking, horseback riding and fresh-water fishing are on the menu at Assawompsett Pond, Quitticas Ponds and Assonet Cedar Swamp.
Middleborough: With 2,954 acres Rocky Gutter W.M.A. offers the largest fresh-water fishing, hiking, hunting and nature observation location in the region. Plymouth Rock KOA offers great camping facilities.
Plympton: In addition to the nature activities enjoyed throughout the region, Plympton also offers target archery at its Upland Sportsmans Club.
Raynham: Here 1,124 acres of land are devoted to outdoor pursuits.
Rochester: Exercise lovers seek the bicycle paths and nature walks ribboning New Bedford Lands 804 acres.
Wareham: Families flock to the Maple Park Family Camp (500 acres), Onset Fire District (310 acres), White Island Pond (292 acres) and the Tihonnet Trout Club (200 acres) where they can enjoy everything from non-motor and motor boating to hunting, camping, swimming and hiking.
Pride in our heritage is a common thread in Cranberry Country and as such, citizens band together to host numerous unique festivals, parades and holiday presentations throughout the year. A trip to Robbins Museum of Archaeology in Middleborough always fascinates visitors age 8 to 80.
Learning, also, is an ongoing emphasis in this region. Each town supports its own library system, with a grand total of 335,442 holdings among the branches.
The regions school system provides excellent opportunities for our children. In recent years, the municipal government has made education a top priority, investing in the physical plant as well as the educational process. We have several public elementary schools, public high schools, parochial elementary schools, and private schools to complete the academic picture. Our region offers unlimited educational opportunities. From advanced technology to the arts and music appreciation, the possibilities are endless.
Area colleges include Bridgewater State College, Bay State Community College, Stonehill College, Massasoit Community College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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