About Harwich, MA
2010 Population: 12,243
The Town of Harwich is
a resort and residential community located on the south side of the Cape peninsula, with an extensive shoreline on Nantucket Sound.
Harwich was settled around 1665, and incorporated in 1694. The early economy of Harwich included agriculture and maritime industries and its history has
included boom and bust cycles from the earliest days of the community. When the whaling industry collapsed with the discovery of oil, the Harwich community's emphasis
shifted to cod fishing. By 1802, 15 to 20 ships were shore fishing and another four ships were cod fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and by 1851, there
were 48 ships employing 577 men and bringing in thousands of tons of cod and mackerel. The eventual decline of the fishing industry in Harwich by the latter part
of the 19th century was caused by increases in the size of ships which eventually outstripped the shallow port's ability to house them. Harwich residents turned to the development of
cranberry bogs and resorts for summer visitors, working side-by-side with Portuguese immigrants. The first Harwich resort hotel opened in 1880 and both the cranberry and the tourist industries
remain substantial parts of Harwich's economy.
Our family has enjoyed welcoming Campers & RVers to Sweetwater Forest located in the Heart of Cape Cod
since 1958. Today, three generations of us with a great local Staff, continue working to ensure that your
stays at Sweetwater Forest are enjoyable and full of the happy memories that often become Cape Cod camping
traditions.The camping industry has evolved and undergone many changes since 1958, and so has Sweetwater Forest.
What we offer today is based on more than 50 years of experience and input from the best experts in the industry-our campers! The spacious native Cape Cod woodland that is Sweetwater Forest has not been compromised, as we continuously work to anticipate and meet the evolving needs of today's campers-just as our family has for half of a century.
Recent additions to our ever expanding roster of amenities and services include our Memorial Playground, our 6th playground in Sweetwater, Free high speed Wi-Fi Internet Service, an Internet Café, Free Dish TV, an upgraded Air Conditioned Dog Day Kennel, a great new look for the Lodge, and more!
676 Harwich Rd, (Rte.124), Brewster, MA &
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