Pembroke MA Homes & Real Estate
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Pembroke, Massachusetts is a slow-paced suburb about 26 miles south of Boston and 16 miles north of Plymouth. It was rated one of the best places to live by Boston Magazine in 2010. You can exit Route 3 right into Pembroke, and Routes 14 and 53 run through the main parts of the town. Route 53, or Washington Street, has many of the town’s restaurants, salons, and other small businesses. In 2019 the town had a population of 18,380 and it is made up of three named sections: North Pembroke, Bryantville, and East Pembroke. This 23.5 square mile town has a low crime rate and a mixed workforce of both white-collar and blue-collar jobs.
The area was settled by Europeans in 1650. Sections of what used to be other surrounding towns make up present-day Pembroke, named after Pembroke, Wales in the UK in 1712. It was known to the Wampanoag and Massachusett tribes as a “place of many fish” because of the springtime herring run in the local rivers, an occurrence still celebrated today. The “Grande Old Fish Fry” takes place annually the first weekend in May at Herring Run Historical Park and serves as the Historical Society’s most popular fundraiser. The fish migrate from the Massachusetts Bay all the way through the North River to their spawning grounds in Furnace and Oldham Ponds.
Although it doesn’t have an oceanfront view like many other surrounding South Shore towns, it has many smaller waterways and beaches. Furnace Pond Beach, Stetson Pond Beach and Little Sandy Bottom Pond Beach all have public boat launches. North River, Silver Lake, and Oldham Pond make up portions of the town’s borders. Oldham Pond Beach has two docks, picnic tables, and a playground. As you can imagine, the ponds and streams provided power when Pembroke was first building its economy with shipbuilding, ironworks, and various mills. Grist mills, flour mills, sawmills, and rubber mills all benefited from water power throughout the 18th century. The early 20th century saw the rise of cranberry bogs being established in the town.
Pembroke students are called the Titans, sporting the colors blue and white. The town has three elementary schools serving students from kindergarten through sixth grade: Bryantville, Hobomock, and North Pembroke. North Pembroke also has pre-kindergarten. Seventh and eighth-grade students attend the Pembroke Community Middle School on Route 27. There is one high school. The music department was honored as 1 of 15 programs in the state with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Pembroke Association for Performing Arts (PAPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the art department at the high school level by fundraising to provide scholarships for students going off to college, music lessons, and leadership programs.
Speaking of the arts, the Pembroke Arts Festival has been honoring and celebrating artists of the South Shore for over 50 years now. Each year they take in child and adult submissions to be evaluated by jurors for cash prizes.
The Pembroke Community Center at the Town Green provides access to public recreational spaces: a tennis court, basketball courts, baseball fields, a game room, a gymnasium, and a playground. There is also a food pantry pick-up spot here, as well as one at the Bryantville firehouse. On Center Street near the Town Green and Town Hall is the Civil War Memorial monument, dedicated in 1889, which depicts 20 names of those from Pembroke who served. The public library is also located in the town center, and though it has a long history as a public organization, it wasn’t until 1998 that it began to be housed in this building. It is also part of the SAILS Library Network. The Lydia Drake library in town is a smaller volunteer-staffed institution dating back to 1944 when the old home was donated to the town for the purposes of running a library.
Pembroke has Christian, Catholic, Methodist, and Baptist churches, some even dating back to the 1700s. Also, the Pembroke Friends Meetinghouse is one of the oldest standing Quaker meeting houses in the United States since 1706.
If you or your family have an interest in horses, both Herring Brook Farm and Hidden Hollow Farm offer a combination of things like boarding, riding lessons, training, trail rides, and even birthday parties.
On West Elm street sits Pembroke Country Club, a public golf course with limited memberships, a barroom, and space to hold functions, which has been around since 1973.
Pembroke is bursting with parks, trails, and conservation areas. Misty Meadows Conservation Area is a wonderful place to experience Herring Brook Valley, known as one of the most diverse types of inland natural areas. Veterans Commemorative Town Forest has a network of trails backing up to Silver Lake. There are three Wildlands Trust-protected properties in town. Willow Brook Farm Preserves was once a dairy farm. Now it is a parcel of woods and wetlands accessible via trails and raised platform bridges throughout. Don’t miss the lookout tower and the little library box! Tucker Preserve features a river gorge and some industrial history as it sits adjacent to the Indian Head River, Luddam’s Ford Park, and the old Rubber Mill site. Along the trails, you’ll find a variety of different types of plants and trees as well as an abundance of birdsong overhead. The Canoe Club Preserve is a one-loop trail with a boardwalk surrounded by freshwater marsh.
Pembroke is full of stand-alone, single-family homes like many towns in the area, but it does offer a number of attached-home neighborhood options. Pembroke Woods is a beautiful, private community with one and two-bedroom apartments, a swimming pool, a courtyard, and a pet park. Newbury Commons, Orchard Hill, Pembroke Village, and Jefferson Square are a few townhouse and condominium neighborhoods around town. Center Commons Condos is a 55+ community. Bridges by EPOCH at Pembroke is a care facility for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other memory problems.
If you love being near freshwater and are looking for a quiet, small-town vibe, give Pembroke a try.
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