A Time to Harvest
Located on the banks of the Miskatonic River, Arkham, Massachusetts, was first settled in the latter 17th century and lies some 22 miles northeast of Boston. Home to Miskatonic University, Arkham is both a thriving and forward-looking place and a town buried in the horrors and secrets of times long past. It is not called “legend-haunted” for nothing.
Arkham’s population is around 22,500; it’s big enough that no one knows everyone but just small enough that folks feel as though they could.
Financial institutions are open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., weekdays; governmental offices open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but close at lunchtime; most stores are also open between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.—some, particularly hardware, department stores, and lumberyards stay open for part or all of Saturday.
Sunday closures are near absolute: with certain exceptions, it is against the law to operate any business of any kind between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Western Union is allowed to receive and deliver wires (but does not transmit them), the
telephone exchange is open and operating, as is the B&M rail line and the local taxi service. Restaurants, speakeasies, gift shops, and other luxurious enterprises, never open on Sunday—Sunday dinners are family affairs, not commercial opportunities.