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Norfolk Historical Commission
Contact TypeContact Info
Contact:
Chairman
Email: bpyne@virtualnorfolk.org
Address:
Town Hall
1 Liberty Lane
Norfolk, MA 02056
Phone:
508-528-2604 usually available 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM or voice mail messages can be left 24/7 and will be answered within 24 hours.
Hours:
Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
in the Historical Commission office - ground floor Norfolk Town Hall.
Meetings are always open to the public and all are welcome.
  
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The Norfolk Historical Commission consists of an appointed board of seven members, including the chairman, plus several associate members, elected by the commission.
Norfolk Historical Commission Board Members
Betsy Pyne  -  Chairman
Barbara Bartholomew  -  Board Member
Marcia Johnston  -  Treasurer
Sandy Paquette  -  Board Member
Thelma Ravinski  -  Board Member - Town Historian
Geraldine (Geri) Tasker  -  Clerk
Betsey Whitney - Board Member

Function
The Norfolk Historical Commission of Norfolk, Massachusetts, was established in 1970 to preserve Norfolk's past for our future.

The commission is a dedicated group of volunteers, whose goal is to increase the knowledge and appreciation of the people, places and events that helped to create our present day Norfolk by collecting, preserving and disseminating Norfolk's history.
We seek to generate the interest of our townspeople in a fuller understanding of the history and traditions, both past and in the making, of the town and its neighboring communities.
We do this by studying, collecting and preserving historical records, books, documents, pamphlets, photos, memorabilia, memoirs, artifacts and antiquities and any other materials, which may be of significance, relating to the history of Norfolk, our local environs and our people.
We also preserve current items that may be of historical significance or interest to our townspeople, in the future. With this in mind we buried a time capsule at the dedication of our new Norfolk Town Hall in 1998.
The Norfolk Historical Commission actively seeks information and items relating to Norfolk, or any of the towns that made up the original Dedham Grant, including our nearest neighboring towns of Wrentham, Franklin, Medfield, Millis, Medway, Wapole and Foxboro.

Norfolk's Historic Homes and Structures
The following pictures represent examples of some of the historic treasures in and about the town of Norfolk that you might pass by everyday without a second thought - it is my hope this section will make you just a bit more appreciative of the wonderful examples of historic architecture and links with the past that abound so frequently in our beautiful town......Bill Domineau

Warelands_s.jpg (6K) The Warelands

103 Boardman Street
Robert Ware, one of the first settlers of the Norfolk area, built his first house on this same site in 1661 but it was later burned by the Indians. In the 1690s Ebenezer Ware, Robert's grandson, built a dwelling, that no longer stands, here as well. The current Warelands was built in 1733 by Ebenezer and is known as The Elisha Ware House, in honor of one of his seven children. The property remained proudly in the Ware family for many generations.

For more information on this Norfolk building and others click the link below.

Click here to see more Norfolk's Historic Homes and Structures


Norfolk Town Hall, One Liberty Lane, Norfolk MA 02056  Phone: 508-528-1408
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