Carver

Welcome to Carver

The town of Carver is situated in Southeastern Massachusetts, 38 miles from Boston and is the site of three rivers, brooks, ponds and sizable swamps. The town had large cedar and pine strands so the abundant water power provided energy for many sawmills. The discovery of iron ore in the region stimulated the development of iron foundries as well, while the agricultural economy in the town was based heavily on cranberries. In the 1940′s the town of Carver produced more cranberries than any town in the world, and despite dramatic population increases, Carver’s cranberry bogs are still an important part of the town. Additionally, the bogs’ forest land and large amounts of water serve to limit development and retain a rural flavor for the community. 

Money from iron built handsome mansions in Carver, some of which still exist, while the foundries and bogs drew immigrant workers from the Cape Verde Islands and from Finland who remain a part of the towns population. 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.


Benjamin Ellis Pre-School
has been open since 1932
Savery’s Avenue, first divided highway in America. Presented to the Public in 1861 by William Savery. The trees between the roads and on the outside of them were to be left for “shade and ornament for man and beast”. Both road beds were Macadamized in 1907. A portion of the expense being advanced by the daughters of the builder, Mrs. Mary P.S. Jowitt and Ms. H.D. Savery.

This memorial was dedicated to
the soldiers from Carver that
served and died in World War 2.

 


Historic Union Church – A prime example of Gothic architecture is located on South Main Street. It was built in 1855 and originally opened in the summer only. The Union Church was closed entirely between 1861 – 1864 as a result of the civil war.

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