Located in Norfolk County, the town of Medfield was originally a part of Dedham, though it later settled into its own town in 1649 and was incorporated in 1651. During these early years, Medfield’s town limits extended into present-day Medway and Millis. Unfortunately, it was also around this time that over half of the town was destroyed during King Philip’s War in 1675. Over Medfield’s history, the town has been home to a number of notable residents such as America’s first professional female writer Hannah Adams, American Diplomat and the current US Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth, former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, and German-born American composer Charles Martin Loeffler. Today, Medfield is bordered by the Charles River and the towns of Dover, Norfolk, Walpole, Westwood, Millis, and Sherborn.
The town of Medfield has a wealth of natural and historical sites. Medfield residents are fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoors in areas such as the Medfield Charles River Saint Reservation, the Medfield Rhododendron Reservation, South End Pond, Danielson Pond, Rocky Woods, Noon Hill, and the nearby Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. Medfield is home to the Medfield Historical Society, the 17th century Peak House and Dwight- Derby House, and the Lowell Mason Museum and Music Center. Medfield public school system is consistently ranked among the top ten in Massachusetts. Some of these schools include Memorial School, Dale Street School, Thomas A. Blake Middle School, and the Medfield High School. Medfield also hosts one private school: The Montrose School, a Catholic girls’ prep school. In order to reach Medfield, the town can be accessed by routes 27 and 109.