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Encyclopedia > Medfield, Massachusetts
Medfield, Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°11′15″N 71°18′25″W / 42.1875, -71.30694
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Settled 1649
Incorporated 1651
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Town  14.6 sq mi (37.8 km²)
 - Land  14.5 sq mi (37.6 km²)
 - Water  0.1 sq mi (0.2 km²)
Elevation  178 ft (54 m)
Population (2000)
 - Town 13,002
 - Density 845.8/sq mi (326.6/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02052
Area code(s) 508 / 774
Website: http://www.town.medfield.net/

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For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Medfield, please see the article Medfield (CDP), Massachusetts. Medfield is one of the wealthiest towns in Massachusetts. The schools are also prestigious, always scoring in the top 10 in Massachusetts when it comes to MCAS. A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... Medfield is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of Medfield in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ...

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History

Medfield (New Dedham) was first settled in 1649 and was officially incorporated in 1651 as the 43rd town in Massachusetts. The settlers were thirteen families who relocated from Dedham. The Rev. Ralph Wheelock is credited with the founding of Medfield, was the first town school master and now has the 2nd-3rd grade school named after him. The town's boundaries originally extended into present-day Medway and Millis. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Norfolk County Settled 1635 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - Town    Administrator Bill Keegan  - Board of    Selectmen Marie-Loise Kehoe Mike Butler James MacDonald Carmen DelloIocono Dennis Teehan Area  - Town  10. ... Medway is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Millis is a town in Norfolk County, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ...


Half the town (32 houses, two mills, and many barns) was burned to the ground by Native Americans during King Philip's War in 1675. This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... Attack King Philips War was an armed conflict between Indian inhabitants of present-day southern New England and English colonists and their Indian allies from 1675–1676. ...


One house, known as the Peak House, still stands today near downtown Medfield.


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.8 km²(14.6 mi²). 37.6 km² (14.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.62%) is water. The Charles River passes through Medfield. Medfield is surrouded by the towns Dover, Norfolk, Walpole, Millis, and Sherborn. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

See: http://www.mass.gov/mgis/massgis.htm


(2000 census data)


Population/Housing

  • 13,002 people, 4,984 households, and 4,062 families
  • Population density = 326.6 people/km² (845.8 people/mi²)
  • 4,048 housing units
  • Of the 4,002 households, 50.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.3% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older
  • average household size = 3.02
  • average family size = 3.41

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  • 33.6% under the age of 18
  • 3.5% from 18 to 24
  • 28.4% from 25 to 44
  • 25.2% from 45 to 64
  • 9.3% who were 65 or older
  • The median age was 38 years.
  • For every 100 females there were 96.6 males, and for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

Income Data

  • Median household income = $97,748
  • Median family income = $108,926
  • Median male income = $78,699
  • Median female income = $44,500
  • About 0.8% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 1.6% of those age 65 or over.

The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...

Education

  • Memorial School, 59 Adams Street (grades K-1)
  • Wheelock School, 17 Elm Street (grades 2-3)
  • Dale Street School, 45 Adams Street (grades 4-5)
  • Thomas A. Blake Middle School, 24 Pound Street (grades 6-8)
  • Medfield High School (aka Amos Clark Kingsbury High School), 88R South Street (grades 9-12)
    • MHS mascot: Warrior* The Medfield mascot has been changed to a big 'M' because many people believe that a town's mascot should represent that town, and very little Native Americans live in Medfield.
    • MHS colors: Blue and White
    • MHS rival: Dover/Sherborn
    • The boys Cross Country team boasts a 28-0 dual meet record over the past 4 years, making them TVL champs 4 years straight.
    • MHS Cross Country, Vollyball, Field Hockey, and Football were all champions of the Tri-Valley League in 2006.
    • The Girls Varsity Volleyball team was 2006 State Champions.
  • The Montrose School, a private Catholic girls' prep. school [1]
  • The Boys Lacrosse team has won a state title 3 out of the last 4 years, two in DIII and one in DII.
  • The Golf team, in the last four years, has won two state championships and finished runner-up in the state final in 2005.

Points of interest

  • Rocky Woods is a 491 acre reservation in the northeast part of town. The property has 6.5 miles of nature trails for hiking or biking, a few ponds for fishing, and open space for picnics and barbeques.
  • Zullo Gallery: An art gallery run by a Medfield resident. Displays several pieces of fine art that can be purchased. [2]
  • Noon Hill is the highest point in Medfield at 370 feet with a trail to its peak. There are a total of 4.5 miles of trails around the hill and offer views of the hills of Walpole and Norfolk.[3]
  • Peak House. Burnt during the Native-American attack on the town during the King Philip War in 1676, the Peak House was re-built in 1680. It was turned over to the Medfield Historical Society in 1924 and restored to its original Colonial look. It is open every Sunday from 2 PM- 5 PM from June to September and by appointment at other times. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and the steep roof has the highest pitch on record in Massachusetts for a 17th century house.

Art

Photos

Annual events

  • Medfield Day, a community event sponsored by Medfield Employers & Merchants Organization (MEMO), happens on a Saturday each September. The outdoor event features local businesses, merchants, and civic organizations, who rent spaces around Meetinghouse Pond and set up booths for public display. It is considered the social event of the year. [4]

Places of worship

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Notable residents

  • Hannah Adams (1755-1831), Medfield native and Christian author; the first female professional writer in America.
  • George Inness (1825-1894), artist, some of whose paintings are of Medfield in the Nineteenth century. A street in town, near the vantage of one of his paintings, bears his last name.
  • Lowell Mason (1792-1872), a composer of hymns and pioneer of music education in American public schools. A street in town bears his name.
  • Charles Martin Loeffler (1861 – 1935), a German-born American composer. A street in town off South st. on the development of Southern Acres bears his last name.
  • Curt Schilling, of the Boston Red Sox. His family lives on Woodbridge Road in a 26-acre estate formerly occupied by another athlete, Drew Bledsoe. Schilling bought the home in 2003 for $4,500,000.[10]
  • John Preston (1945 - 1994), author of gay erotica.
  • Peter McNeeley, a retired boxer. In 1995, McNeeley fought former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson after Tyson's release from prison. The fight lasted a mere 83 seconds. T.K.O.
  • Pete Carroll, coach of USC and former coach of the New England Patriots also lived in Medfield. He donated money to keep the high school weight room open all season long during the summer for the football players. Carroll also help start the Middle School football program by getting a $30,000 grant from the NFL. He also volunteered to be a referee when the hired one failed to appear.
  • Drew Bledsoe, quarterback on the Dallas Cowboys, formerly quarterback of the New England Patriots, resided in Medfield when he was the quarterback of the Patriots. He bought the entire Medfield football team cleats before he moved out of Medfield. His house was later purchased by Curt Schilling when he came to play for the Boston Red Sox.
  • John Hannah, former New England Patriots guard and Hall of Famer.
  • Randy Moss, current NFL wide receiver playing for the Patriots recently purchased a home on Main Street.

Hannah Adams (October 2, 1755–December 15, 1831) was a Christian author, born in Medfield, Massachusetts and died in Brookline. ... George Inness, before 1867 Train in Lackawanna valley, 1855 Lake of Albano, Italy, 1869 George Inness was a United States painter, born in Newburgh, New York on May 1, 1825, and who died at Bridge of Allan, Scotland, on August 3, 1894. ... Portrait of Lowell Mason Lowell Mason (1792-1872) was a leading figure in American church music, the composer of over 1600 hymns, many of which are often sung today. ... A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a god or other religiously significant figure. ... The term public school has two contrary meanings: In England, one of a small number of prestigious historic schools open to the public which normally charge fees and are financed by bodies other than the state, commonly as private charitable trusts; here the word public is used much as in... Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) German-born American composer. ... Curtis Schilling (born November 14, 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska) is an American Major League Baseball player, a right-handed starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ... John Preston (1945 - 1994) was an author of gay erotica and an editor of gay nonfiction anthologies. ... Hurricane Peter McNeeley (born October 6, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a former heavyweight boxer. ... Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is a former American world heavyweight boxing champion and is the youngest man to have won a world heavyweight title. ... Peter C. Carroll (born September 15, 1951, in San Francisco, California) is the current head coach of the University of Southern California Trojans football team, having held that position since 2001. ... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ... John Hannah may refer to the following people: John Hannah, recipient of the Victoria Cross. ... Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ...

Trivia

  • The Dwight-Derby House at 7 Frairy Street is the fifty-first oldest house in the United States.
  • Fall is the only season and East is the only direction that are not street names in town.
  • There is only one town named Medfield in the entire world.[citation needed] There is a subdivision in Wake County, North Carolina, as well as a section of the city of Baltimore, and a street in Boston & London, all with the name Medfield.[1] In addition, a small village in England named Metfield exists and is actually pronounced exactly the same way. The Church of the Advent in Medfield has a sister church in Metfield, St. John the Baptist.
  • An episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was filmed here in 2005. In the show, celebrity Mia Hamm was shown playing soccer at Wheelock Elementary School.
  • Walt Disney used to visit Medfield to visit friend, Justin Dart. He flew into town on a private plane and landed in Dart's dirt airfield,what is now the Wheelock soccer fields. Two Disney movies, The Absent-Minded Professor and Flubber, mention a fictitious "Medfield College".
  • Neo-Nazi scam-artist Davis Wolfgang Hawke may have buried around $500,000 in gold and platinum on his parents' property in Medfield.[11]
  • Hunting is not allowed in Medfield.
  • The Medfield State Hospital located at 45 Hospital Road opened in 1896; at its peak it housed over 2,000 patients. The hospital was closed on April 3, 2003.
  • Medfield has a very strong Destination ImagiNation program. Many of their teams end up going to states, and once one team placed 5th at Worlds. In addition, two teams went to Nationals in 2007. One of the teams scored 22nd.

The Dwight-Derby House is a home located at 7 Frairy Street in Medfield, Massachusetts, and is one of the ten oldest homes in the United States. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Metfield is a village in Suffolk, England. ... John the Baptist (also called John the Baptizer or John the Dipper) is regarded as a prophet by at least three religions: Christianity, Islam, and Mandaeanism. ... Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is an ABC reality television series that began broadcasting in 2003 in which a familys house, including all rooms, exterior and landscaping, is made over by a team of builders and designers in seven days. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 Walt Disney Pictures film based on the short story A Situation of Gravity, by Samuel W. Taylor. ... For the Marvel Comics character, see Flubber (comics). ... Medfield College is a fictitious university used as the setting for many films by The Walt Disney Company. ... Davis Wolfgang Hawke (born 1979) was a spammer ,who was sued by AOL in 2004 under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. ... The Destination ImagiNation logo Destination ImagiNation (DI) is a creativity and problem solving program for kids from elementary age to college age. ...

References

  1. ^ DeSorgher, Richard. "This Old Town." Medfield Hometown Weekly 05 Apr 2007: Page 2.

External links

  • Town of Medfield
  • Medfield Schools
  • Medfield Local Cable 8

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Medfield is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.
Medfield (New Dedham) was first settled in 1649 and was officially incorporated in 1651.
Medfield Football has gone 9-2 over the past two years but there is much debate among Medfield residents as to whether the football team gets entirely too much school funding while other school sports are neglected.
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