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The Greene Company (Coventry Cranberry Company)

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Coventry Cranberry Company
Mid-19th c. 1065 Narrow Ln. (south end of lane)

A clearing in this woodsy lane opens to the only extant commercial cranberry operation of consequence in Rhode Island. The complex is dominated by a rectangular diked land shape which contains the bog. The stream from the bog is bridged by a fairly sizable random masonry arch topped by a cobblestone railing, (perhaps the work of the same mason who flaunted his craft at nearby Arnold Farm). The reworked wooden barns for processing appear to date from the end of the nineteenth century. (Recent “improvements” have spoiled a cluster of houses on the property going back to the Greek Revival.) Come to this tucked-away operation in early October, when the bogs are flooded and paddlewheel threshers beat the cranberries off the bushes, after which they are skimmed from the surface. Then patches of shimmering cranberry crimson on the pond are in tune with the New England autumn.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.

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