The best vantage from which to appreciate 3 Carver is outside the old aquarium. The house rises on a small bluff over Commercial Street, looking like a great Greek Revival ghost, understated but imposing. This was once home to Frank Knowles Atkins, whose grandfather Samuel Knowles ran the stage coach to Orleans. Atkins was bequeathed his grandfather’s livery business, at what is now 293 Commercial, where he built the Pilgrim Theater. He was also credited with having started the first motorized “accommodation” service; an omnibus that made its way up along and down along through town, picking up and discharging passengers. In the 1940s, No. 3 was run as Grays guest house. It was acquired in 1967 by Barbara Baker and her husband, Robert Baker, who designed and built furniture that he displayed in a shop at Kiley Court.
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