History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts

VOLUME I

 

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I
GENERAL DESCRIPTION 1

CHAPTER II
EARLY EXPLORATIONS 7

CHAPTER III
INDIAN HISTORY 13

CHAPTER IV
THE FIRST SETTLEMENTS 23

CHAPTER V
PIONEER LIFE AND CUSTOMS 29

CHAPTER VI
ORGANIZATION OF NORFOLK COUNTY 35

CHAPTER VII
PUBLIC BUILDINGS OF NORFOLK COUNTY 42

CHAPTER VIII
THE NEW ENGLAND TOWNSHIP 51

CHAPTER IX
THE TOWN OF AVON 55

CHAPTER X
THE TOWN OF BELLINGHAM 60

CHAPTER XI
THE TOWN OF BRAINTREE 71

CHAPTER XII
THE TOWN OF BROOKLINE 83

CHAPTER XIII
THE TOWN OF CANTON 99

CHAPTER XIV
THE TOWN OF COHASSET 1O7

CHAPTER XV
THE TOWN OF DEDHAM 117

CHAPTER XVI
THE TOWN OF DOVER 134

CHAPTER XVII
THE TOWN OF FOXBORO 145

CHAPTER XVIII
THE TOWN OF FRANKLIN 153

CHAPTER XIX
THE TOWN OF HOLBROOK 163

CHAPTER XX
THE TOWN OF MEDFIELD 17O

CHAPTER XXI
THE TOWN OF MEDWAY 185

CHAPTER XXII
THE TOWN OF MILLIS 197

CHAPTER XXIII
THE TOWN OF MILTON 203

CHAPTER XXIV
THE TOWN OF NEEDHAM 213

CHAPTER XXV
THE TOWN OF NORFOLK 220

CHAPTER XXVI
THE TOWN OF NORWOOD 225

CHAPTER XXVII
THE TOWN OF PLAINVILLE 233

CHAPTER XXVIII
THE CITY OF QUINCY 239

CHAPTER XXIX
THE TOWN OF RANDOLPH 250

CHAPTER XXX
THE TOWN OF SHARON 257

CHAPTER XXXI
THE TOWN OF STOUGHTON 265

CHAPTER XXXII
THE TOWN OF WALPOLE 272

CHAPTER XXXIII
THE TOWN OF WELLESLEY 278

CHAPTER XXXIV
THE TOWN OF WESTWOOD 285

CHAPTER XXXV
THE TOWN OF WEYMOUTH 289

CHAPTER XXXVI
THE TOWN OF WRENTHAM 3O1

CHAPTER XXXVII
THE REVOLUTION 31O

CHAPTER XXXVIII
WAR OF 1812 MEXICAN WAR 327

CHAPTER XXXIX
WAR OF THE REBELLION 333

CHAPTER XL
FINANCIAL HISTORY 344

CHAPTER XLI
MANUFACTURING 352

CHAPTER XLII
INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS 362

CHAPTER XLIII
THE BENCH AND BAR 37O

CHAPTER XLIV
THE MEDICAL PROFESSION 380

CHAPTER XLV
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 389

CHAPTER XLVI
NORFOLK COUNTY PRESS 398

CHAPTER XLVII
LIBRARIES AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES 404

CHAPTER XLVIII
CHURCH HISTORY 421

CHAPTER XLIX
CHURCH HISTORY, CONTINUED 435

CHAPTER L
FRATERNAL SOCIETIES, ETC 447

CHAPTER LI
ILLUSTRIOUS SONS 459

CHAPTER LII
MISCELLANEOUS HISTORY 467

CHAPTER LIII
STATISTICAL REVIEW 476

CHAPTER LIV
CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY 480

 

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VOLUME II

 

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Norfolk County is situated in the eastern part of the state. Two of its towns Brookline and Cohasset are segregated, the former being entirely surrounded by parts of Suffolk County, and the latter by parts of Plymouth County and Massachusetts Bay. With these exceptions the county is bounded, generally, on the north by the counties of Middlesex and Suffolk and the Massachusetts Bay; on the east by Massachusetts Bay and the County of Plymouth; on the south by Plymouth and Bristol counties; on the southwest by the State of Rhode Island, and on the west by the counties of Worcester and Middlesex. The county is irregular in shape, straight lines forming the boundaries between Norfolk and Plymouth, Bristol and Worcester counties and the State of Rhode Island, while the other boundaries are represented by lines that do not follow the points of the compass, among them being the curves of the Charles River and the ragged coast line of Massachusetts Bay. Its greatest extent from Cohasset Harbor to the southwest corner of the county is about thirty-six miles, and from the most northern point of the Town of Wellesley to the Bristol County line the distance is seventeen miles.