Medfield, Massachusetts, is home to just 12,024 lucky residents, making it the ideal small town to call home. Medfield is located less than 20 miles from Boston, the perfect distance to work or play in the big city (Red Sox game, anyone?). But don't be fooled: Medfield is much more than just a suburb, and it definitely has a character and history all its own.
Medfield stands on land that once belonged to the Neponset tribe of Native Americans and was first inhabited by white settlers in 1649, when it was known as New Dedham. The town was founded by schoolmaster Ralph Wheelock, for whom the Wheelock School on Elm Street is named. It's no wonder that a town begun by an intrepid educator continues to have excellent public schools — Medfield is typically ranked in the top 10 school districts in the Commonwealth.
Though the first houses were built in 1650, many were destroyed by Native Americans during King Phillip's War. The Peak House on Main St. was rebuilt shortly after it was burned in 1676 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features some of its original glass windows, and its distinctive roof might be the steepest pitched roof in all of colonial America. There are many other historic homes in the area, including the Lowell Mason Museum and Music Center.
Things to Do in Medfield
Stroll along Medfield's quiet streets to experience life in a classic New England town, complete with white church steeples and first-period architecture like the Dwight-Derby House at Meetinghouse Pond. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the area by kayaking along the Charles River or hiking out to Devil's Foot Island.
Not to be missed is a picnic on scenic Noon Hill, where you'll also get a great view of Gillette Stadium! The Rocky Woods Reservation is gorgeous in all seasons, so it's worth going again and again to see how the landscape changes.
The community hosts many gatherings and events throughout the year, including a summer farmers market on Thursdays at the First Parish Church and the Memo Summer Concert Series at the library gazebo. The Cultural Alliance of Medfield maintains a calendar of all community events throughout the year.
You'll also never go hungry in Medfield, and there's something here for everyone! The Noon Hill Grillis a casual, family-friendly spot, while Zebra's Bistro and Wine Bar is a favorite for special occasions thanks to its creative menu of chef's specialties. Antara Cafe is a hidden gem serving traditional Peruvian fare for more adventurous diners.
No New England town is complete without its ice cream stand: In Medfield, the healthy and tasty Yogoteria is where it's at.
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