Padanaram Community, Express Gratitude


Padanaram Harbor

Padanaram Harbor photographed by Dartmouth Police

Padanaram is the harbor side village in South Dartmouth that is out of the way for drivers but a prime place to live and a great destination for a day of quaint village fun. It is beautiful, historic, and charming with its mix of natural and manmade beauty. Now that the community has come out of the slump that closed many of its businesses (mostly due to the tough economy and owners aging-out) the new generation needs to remember to thank its patrons.

Even though the Padanaram bridge recently closed for reconstruction until the summer of 2018, the village has always been a strong draw for those looking to find a nice meal, mosey along historic streets, and browse quality boutiques. Especially important for sailors is the reestablishment of a town market where everyone enjoys quality cuts of meat, fruits, veggies, and general provisions.

Settled in the mid 1600s when it was purchased from the Wampanoags, Padanaram was a prime spot for boat building and for visiting sailors to reprovision. That stayed the same for people with pleasure boats until the village went into a slump about 20 years ago. It remained lovely but the village food market closed as did restaurants and a number of specialty shops that drew visitors.

Happily that has all changed as the next generation of business owners and investors have brought new life to Padanaram. For shop owners its a good policy to ask happy customers for feedback and show them your appreciation. Customers, remember that the village rebirth depends on your support. Recommend to friends that they come and discover places you think are worthy of patronage. Helping each other makes us stronger, and happier!



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