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History of Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

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(North Wrentham)

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Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

Norfolk, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

Norfolk officially became an independent town on February 23, 1870, breaking away from Wrentham, Franklin. Walpole and Medway. virtualnorfolk.org

Norfolk includes: Bush Factory, City Mills, Deanville, Highlands, Highlands Lake, Honeypot, and Pondville.


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  • 1681 - The Nathaniel Miller house was built in 1681 at River End, Norfolk


  • 1701 - Fifty householders resided in the general area of Norfolk. Law directed that this required that a school to be kept.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1745 - Norfolk Cemetery was established at the corner of Main and Seekonk Street . At the time Wrentham referred to it as Cemetery # 7 and at this same time one was set up in Pondville referred to as Cemetery # 8.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1778 - The first school house in North Wrentham (Norfolk) was built in 1778 on the Northwest corner of Town Hill.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1793 - Reverend David Avery was dismissed by the Wrentham Church and took up residence in North Wrentham (Norfolk) on the south side of Cleveland Street in the vicinity of what is now Village Green.
    He conducted services in his home there for his followers.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1795 - North Parish Association formed and $ 1244 pledged by its parishioners to build a Meeting House in North Wrentham (Norfolk).

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1797 - On July 10th, the Montgomery Lodge of Masons held their first meeting in the house of Dr. Nathaniel Miller.
    Paul Revere, patriot, as Most Worshipful Grand Master, signed the charter of the Montgomery Lodge and officiated at the chartering ceremonies.The...Read MORE...


  • 1798 - Reverend John Cleaveland was named as the first Pastor of the newly formed North Parish in North Wrentham.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1832 - The Cleaveland Religious Society in North Wrentham (Norfolk) was formed at a meeting at the hall over the store of Ebenezer Blake, Esq. and began planning to build a second Meeting House at the foot of the hill on the corner of Union and Main.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1849 - Norfolk County Railroad bond issued. RR would run through the center of Norfolk.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1854 - North Wetham
    North Whetham, a post-office of Norfolk co., Massachusetts.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • 1859 - The Norfolk Farmer's Club was established.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1870 - Norfolk, previously known as North Wrentham, was incorporated.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1875 - In the spring the dam burst leading to an overflow of Whiting's Pond at City Mills (Norfolk).
    Mr. Edwin Alonzo Morse was washed away 20-30 rods, in a mass of earth, railroad ties and rails, into the pond. He was brought to safety by Mr....Read MORE...


  • 1879 - The parish meeting house was deeded to the town of Norfolk for use as a new Town House.
    The building is remodeled at a cost of $ 3175 and Holbrook and Sons of East Medway recast the bell at a cost of $ 130.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1881 - Norfolk town meeting discussed buying a place for an almshouse and discussed the binding out of children to suitable persons for a term of years.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1882 - Norfolk town meeting discussed buying or building a lock-up.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1883 - Norfolk town meeting
    discussed buying shade trees to set in the public streets and squares; furnishing books and stationery free of cost to the schools; granting money to ...Read MORE...


  • 1884 - Norfolk town meeting discussed what to do about prosecuting illegal sellers of intoxicating liquors.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1886 - Norfolk town meeting discussed charging organizations for use of the Town House, $2 a night for the upper hall, $1 a night for the lower and giving the janitor of the Town House $100 a year.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1890 - Norfolk town meeting discussed hunting and fishing on Sunday and making a well for the Center School and the Town House.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1890 Norfolk Massachusetts
    Norfolk is a farming town, with some manufactures, lying in the midst of the southwestern section of Norfolk County, about 23 miles southwest of...Read MORE...


  • 1892 - Norfolk - Schools at Stony Brook and Pondville consolidated with the Center School.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • News 1893 - Norfolk man killed while making arrangements for brother's funeral
    On Feb. 13th, James A. Mann, age 20, residing in Norfolk, was struck by the outward bound train and killed instantly. His brother John D. Mann was...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Norfolk
    Norfolk, a post-village of Norfolk co., Mass., in a town ship of the same name, on the Boston, Hartford & Erie Railroad, 23 miles S.S.W. of Boston....Read MORE...


  • 1896 - Norfolk
    North School consolidated with the Center School.

    Schools at Felting Mills consolidated with the City Mills School.

    Town meeting discussed...Read MORE...


  • 1897 - Norfolk town meeting discussed abolishing the office of highway commissioner; establishing electric light service and procuring a poor farm.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1898 - Norfolk town meeting discussed lighting the streets at Norfolk Centre and City Mills and wiring the Town Hall for electric lights.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1899 - Norfolk town meeting discussed accepting a Hook and Ladder Truck presented by the citizens of the town.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
    Railroad Street, Norfolk, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
    Town Hall, Norfolk, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
    Residence of E. W. Mann, showing Post-Office and store, Norfolk, Mass.
    Postcard
  • 1902 - Norfolk town meeting concurred on change in boundary line between Norfolk and Medfield and Foxboro.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1906
    Norfolk, a post-village of Norfolk co., Mass., in Norfolk township (town), on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 23 miles SSW. of Boston. It...Read MORE...


  • 1907 - Norfolk town meeting discussed making a contract with the Edison Company for street lighting.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
    Congregational Church
    Postcard
  • 1909 - Norfolk town meeting discussed appropriating money to destroy the elm tree beetles and putting a sidewalk in front of the church and school house.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org

  • 1913 - Norfolk town meeting discussed posting street signs.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1915 - Norfolk town meeting discussed building a high school.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
    Post Office and N.H.R.R. Station
    Postcard
  • 1920 - Norfolk town meeting discussed fixing a license fee for slaughtering and discussed the transport of high school pupils by motor truck.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • News 1922 - Norfolk Town Hall burns
    On Dec 5th, the Norfolk Town Hall burned to the ground shortly after 3:00 am. The contents of the clerk's safe survived.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1923 - Norfolk town meeting discussed building a new Town Hall;
    establishing a town forest: purchasing a motor-driven fire truck; sanitation in the Centre School and the transportation of pupils to Centre School...Read MORE...


  • 1927 - Pondville Hospital opens (Norfolk).

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1934 - Norfolk prison building finished.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1945 - Norfolk’s population approximately 1600.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1950 - Norfolk’s population approximately 2000.
    Norfolk Central School, later known as the A. J. Freeman School opens.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • News 1962 - (Norfolk) Federated Church fire
    The Federated Church had a very serious fire - the building was saved from total loss by the prompt and efficient answering of the alarms by the all...Read MORE...




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Residence of E. W. Mann, showing Post-Office and store, Norfolk, Mass.
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Railroad Street, Norfolk, Mass.
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Town Hall, Norfolk, Mass.
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Congregational Church
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Post Office and N.H.R.R. Station
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History and News of Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

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  • 1681 - The Nathaniel Miller house was built in 1681 at River End, Norfolk
  • 1701 - Fifty householders resided in the general area of Norfolk. Law directed that this required that a school to be kept.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1745 - Norfolk Cemetery was established at the corner of Main and Seekonk Street . At the time Wrentham referred to it as Cemetery # 7 and at this same time one was set up in Pondville referred to as Cemetery # 8.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1778 - The first school house in North Wrentham (Norfolk) was built in 1778 on the Northwest corner of Town Hill.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1793 - Reverend David Avery was dismissed by the Wrentham Church and took up residence in North Wrentham (Norfolk) on the south side of Cleveland Street in the vicinity of what is now Village Green.
    He conducted services in his home there for his followers.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1795 - North Parish Association formed and $ 1244 pledged by its parishioners to build a Meeting House in North Wrentham (Norfolk).

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1797 - On July 10th, the Montgomery Lodge of Masons held their first meeting in the house of Dr. Nathaniel Miller.
    Paul Revere, patriot, as Most Worshipful Grand Master, signed the charter of the Montgomery Lodge and officiated at the chartering ceremonies.The... Read MORE...

  • 1798 - Reverend John Cleaveland was named as the first Pastor of the newly formed North Parish in North Wrentham.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1832 - The Cleaveland Religious Society in North Wrentham (Norfolk) was formed at a meeting at the hall over the store of Ebenezer Blake, Esq. and began planning to build a second Meeting House at the foot of the hill on the corner of Union and Main.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1849 - Norfolk County Railroad bond issued. RR would run through the center of Norfolk.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1854 - North Wetham
    North Whetham, a post-office of Norfolk co., Massachusetts.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1859 - The Norfolk Farmer's Club was established.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1870 - Norfolk, previously known as North Wrentham, was incorporated.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1875 - In the spring the dam burst leading to an overflow of Whiting's Pond at City Mills (Norfolk).
    Mr. Edwin Alonzo Morse was washed away 20-30 rods, in a mass of earth, railroad ties and rails, into the pond. He was brought to safety by Mr.... Read MORE...

  • 1879 - The parish meeting house was deeded to the town of Norfolk for use as a new Town House.
    The building is remodeled at a cost of $ 3175 and Holbrook and Sons of East Medway recast the bell at a cost of $ 130.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1881 - Norfolk town meeting discussed buying a place for an almshouse and discussed the binding out of children to suitable persons for a term of years.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1882 - Norfolk town meeting discussed buying or building a lock-up.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1883 - Norfolk town meeting
    discussed buying shade trees to set in the public streets and squares; furnishing books and stationery free of cost to the schools; granting money to ... Read MORE...

  • 1884 - Norfolk town meeting discussed what to do about prosecuting illegal sellers of intoxicating liquors.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1886 - Norfolk town meeting discussed charging organizations for use of the Town House, $2 a night for the upper hall, $1 a night for the lower and giving the janitor of the Town House $100 a year.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1890 Norfolk Massachusetts
    Norfolk is a farming town, with some manufactures, lying in the midst of the southwestern section of Norfolk County, about 23 miles southwest of... Read MORE...

  • 1890 - Norfolk town meeting discussed hunting and fishing on Sunday and making a well for the Center School and the Town House.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1892 - Norfolk - Schools at Stony Brook and Pondville consolidated with the Center School.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • News  1893 - Norfolk man killed while making arrangements for brother's funeral
    On Feb. 13th, James A. Mann, age 20, residing in Norfolk, was struck by the outward bound train and killed instantly. His brother John D. Mann was... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Norfolk
    Norfolk, a post-village of Norfolk co., Mass., in a town ship of the same name, on the Boston, Hartford & Erie Railroad, 23 miles S.S.W. of Boston.... Read MORE...

  • 1896 - Norfolk
    North School consolidated with the Center School.

    Schools at Felting Mills consolidated with the City Mills School.

    Town meeting discussed... Read MORE...

  • 1897 - Norfolk town meeting discussed abolishing the office of highway commissioner; establishing electric light service and procuring a poor farm.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1898 - Norfolk town meeting discussed lighting the streets at Norfolk Centre and City Mills and wiring the Town Hall for electric lights.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1899 - Norfolk town meeting discussed accepting a Hook and Ladder Truck presented by the citizens of the town.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1902 - Norfolk town meeting concurred on change in boundary line between Norfolk and Medfield and Foxboro.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1906
    Norfolk, a post-village of Norfolk co., Mass., in Norfolk township (town), on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 23 miles SSW. of Boston. It... Read MORE...

  • 1907 - Norfolk town meeting discussed making a contract with the Edison Company for street lighting.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1909 - Norfolk town meeting discussed appropriating money to destroy the elm tree beetles and putting a sidewalk in front of the church and school house.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org
  • 1913 - Norfolk town meeting discussed posting street signs.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1915 - Norfolk town meeting discussed building a high school.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1920 - Norfolk town meeting discussed fixing a license fee for slaughtering and discussed the transport of high school pupils by motor truck.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • News  1922 - Norfolk Town Hall burns
    On Dec 5th, the Norfolk Town Hall burned to the ground shortly after 3:00 am. The contents of the clerk's safe survived.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1923 - Norfolk town meeting discussed building a new Town Hall;
    establishing a town forest: purchasing a motor-driven fire truck; sanitation in the Centre School and the transportation of pupils to Centre School... Read MORE...

  • 1927 - Pondville Hospital opens (Norfolk).

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1934 - Norfolk prison building finished.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1945 - Norfolk’s population approximately 1600.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1950 - Norfolk’s population approximately 2000.
    Norfolk Central School, later known as the A. J. Freeman School opens.
    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • News  1962 - (Norfolk) Federated Church fire
    The Federated Church had a very serious fire - the building was saved from total loss by the prompt and efficient answering of the alarms by the all... Read MORE...

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