Norwood, Massachusetts

Norwood (named after Norwood, England) is a town and census-designated place in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, situated on the Neponset River, which runs all the way to Boston Harbor from Foxborough.

The Town of Norwood, officially formed in 1872, was until that time part of Dedham, known as the “mother of towns,” as 14 of the present communities of eastern Massachusetts lay within its original borders. Long used as a hunting ground by Indians, Norwood was first settled by Ezra Morse in 1678, who set up a saw mill in what is now South Norwood. During the American Revolution, there was a Minuteman company organized in the area. Abraham Lincoln passed through the town during his pre-inaugural tour of New England. The Oak View Mansion, completed in 1870, was the scene of almost constant socializing, where some of the most prominent figures hosted in Oak View were President and future Supreme Court Justice William Howard Taft and President Calvin Coolidge.

Norwood’s town square is dominated by its town hall, the Norwood Memorial Municipal Building (Town Hall). It includes a 57-bell carillon tower housing the Walter F. Tilton Memorial Carillon, one of nine carillons in Massachusetts and the seventh largest in the United States, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Norwood is also the home office of semiconductor company Analog Devices, Inc.

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