Norfolk, Massachusetts

Norfolk is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, with a population of 11,227 people at the 2010 census.[1] Formerly known as North Wrentham, Norfolk broke away to become an independent town in 1870.

Norfolk, Massachusetts
Federated Church of Norfolk
Federated Church of Norfolk
Official seal of Norfolk, Massachusetts

Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°07′10″N 71°19′32″W / 42.11944°N 71.32556°WCoordinates: 42°07′10″N 71°19′32″W / 42.11944°N 71.32556°W
CountryUnited States
 • TypeOpen town meeting
 • Total15.2 sq mi (39.3 km2)
 • Land14.8 sq mi (38.4 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
212 ft (65 m)
 • Total11,227
 • Density758.6/sq mi (292.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)508 / 774
FIPS code25-46050
GNIS feature ID0618326


Norfolk is a rural suburban town on the periphery of metropolitan Boston, located on an upper valley of the Charles River. There were a half dozen small farms in the town after 1669, the result of a determined effort to populate the colonial frontier. This was seen as a difficult task despite the good agricultural lands, fresh water fishing and fish runs because the settlement was so remote.

It was abandoned during King Philip's War, and when Norfolk was reestablished, settlers relied on agriculture and cattle grazing with some considerable lumbering and planting of orchards. After 1812, three cotton manufacturing companies were established at Stony Brook, and later in the 19th century George Campbell's paper mill was opened at Highland Lake making heavy wrapping and building papers. The town saw a rapid increase in population after 1925 when a hospital and a state prison were built in Norfolk on the Walpole line. Major residential development took place before 1940 in the Pondville and Clark Streets section of town with scattered new housing along Seekonk and Main Streets, and suburban residential building has continued since.

Norfolk is located in eastern Massachusetts, bordered by Millis and Medfield on the north, Walpole on the east, Foxborough and Wrentham on the south, and Franklin and Medway on the west. Norfolk is 20 miles southwest of Boston; about 21 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island; and about 205 miles from New York City.

In 2014, Norfolk was the filming location for Ted 2, a comedy film starring Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.2 square miles (39 km2), of which 14.8 square miles (38 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (2.30%) is water.


Historical population

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 10,460 people, 2,818 households, and 2,412 families residing in the town. The population density was 705.1 people per square mile (272.1/km²). There were 2,861 housing units at an average density of 192.9 per square mile (74.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.97% White, 4.90% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.43% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.88% of the population.

There were 2,818 households out of which 50.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.4% were non-families. 10.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 142.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 157.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $86,153, and the median income for a family was $92,001. Males had a median income of $60,926 versus $40,825 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,454. About 0.8% of families and 1.1% of the population were below the poverty threshold, including 0.2% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.


As of 2012, there are three public schools located within the town. They are the H. Olive Day Elementary School (Pre-K-2), the Freeman-Kennedy Elementary School (3-6), and King Philip Regional Middle School (7-8). Students go on to attend King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham or, specialty high schools such as Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin and Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole. A new public library building recently opened on town hill. Inside the new library in 2009, a one-room school house, the original public library building, was reopened as a meeting room and historical landmark.


The Norfolk Airpark (FAA airport code 32M) has one 2,700-foot (820 m) north-south runway and is about 2 miles (3 km) west of the town center. It was closed in recent years, however, and is in disrepair. Plans for new developments have been proposed, specifically residential projects. Presently, there is debate within the town regarding the fate of the old airport.

The Norfolk MBTA commuter rail station is in Zone 5 and is located in the center of town at 9 Rockwood Road.[11]

Emergency services

The Norfolk Police Department is a fairly small department located in the center of town. It is staffed by a total of 17 police officers, including the chief of police. The town's fire department and emergency medical services was staffed full-time with 24h/7d coverage for the first time in April 2001, and since 2004 provides Advanced Life Support Services. The Fire Department is staffed by 13 career Firefighters which includes the fire chief. The police and fire communications department (also known as dispatch) is operated by a total of 4 full-time dispatchers and 6 part-time dispatchers. All of these emergency services are located in the center of town on Main Street.

At a Special Town Meeting in December 2015, a small turnout of Norfolk voters approved a plan to construct a new Police and Public Safety Building on Sharon Street in the south part of town. The Police Department will be moved to this facility, with the Fire Department occupying the space vacated by the police. A Regional Communications Center within the Public Safety Building will support the dispatch requirements of Norfolk and three surrounding towns: Wrentham, Plainville, and Franklin.[12]

State prisons

See also


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Norfolk town, Massachusetts". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ted 2 Rolls into Norfolk". The Wrentham Times. The Wrentham Times. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ "TOTAL POPULATION (P1), 2010 Census Summary File 1, All County Subdivisions within Massachusetts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "1990 Census of Population, General Population Characteristics: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1990. Table 76: General Characteristics of Persons, Households, and Families: 1990. 1990 CP-1-23. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 7, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "1980 Census of the Population, Number of Inhabitants: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1981. Table 4. Populations of County Subdivisions: 1960 to 1980. PC80-1-A23. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "1950 Census of Population" (PDF). 1: Number of Inhabitants. Bureau of the Census. 1952. Section 6, Pages 21-10 and 21-11, Massachusetts Table 6. Population of Counties by Minor Civil Divisions: 1930 to 1950. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "1920 Census of Population" (PDF). Bureau of the Census. Number of Inhabitants, by Counties and Minor Civil Divisions. Pages 21-5 through 21-7. Massachusetts Table 2. Population of Counties by Minor Civil Divisions: 1920, 1910, and 1920. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "1890 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. Pages 179 through 182. Massachusetts Table 5. Population of States and Territories by Minor Civil Divisions: 1880 and 1890. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "1870 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1872. Pages 217 through 220. Table IX. Population of Minor Civil Divisions, &c. Massachusetts. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ MBTA > Schedules & Maps > Commuter Rail > Norfolk
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According to the Social Security files, he was born in 1915, not in 1917 as previously stated.

Mussulli's first instrument was clarinet, which he first played at age 12. He played with Mal Hallett in Massachusetts around 1940, and joined Teddy Powell's group in 1943-44. He played with Stan Kenton from 1944 to 1947 and returned to play with Kenton again on tour in 1952 and 1954. He also played with Vido Musso, Gene Krupa (1948), Charlie Ventura (1949), Serge Chaloff, Toshiko Akiyoshi (1955), and Herb Pomeroy.

In 1949, Mussulli opened a jazz club in his hometown, called "The Crystal Room". From the mid-1950s, he concentrated more on music education, leading a local youth orchestra, the Milford Youth Band, at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1967. He died of cancer shortly thereafter.

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Henan-Menon Memorial Airport

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Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Norfolk

Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk, or MCI-Norfolk, is a medium security prison in Norfolk, Massachusetts with an average daily population of 1500 inmates. Though it is rated medium security, it also houses up to 98 maximum security inmates. Opened in the early 1930s, MCI-Norfolk is the largest state prison in Massachusetts.

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Norfolk Grange Hall

The Norfolk Grange Hall, previously known as First Baptist Church, is a historic Grange hall and former Baptist church at 28 Rockwood Road in Norfolk, Massachusetts. Built in 1863, it is one of the town's few surviving 19th-century civic buildings. Since 1921 it has been owned by the Norfolk Grange # 135 and used as its meeting hall. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Norfolk station

Norfolk station may refer to:

Norfolk station (Amtrak), an Amtrak station in Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk station (MBTA), an MBTA station in Norfolk, Massachusetts

Norfolk Terminal Station, a former train station in Norfolk, Virginia

Lambert's Point#station, a former train station in Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk station (MBTA)

Norfolk is an MBTA commuter rail station in Norfolk, Massachusetts. It serves the Franklin Line. The station is located at 9 Rockwood Road (Massachusetts Route 115). Adjacent to the station, a level crossing is located on Rockwood Road. In the MBTA's zone-based fare structure, Norfolk is located in Zone 5.

Norfolk station is at grade level. The station has one platform which serves a single track. Tickets may be purchased at the nearby Norfolk Food Mart or on the train at a surcharge. There are three parking lots at the station with 532 spaces.

Pondville Correctional Center

The Pondville Correctional Center is a minimum security/pre-release Massachusetts state prison. It is located 36 miles southwest of Boston, Massachusetts in the town of Norfolk, Massachusetts. Because this is a minimum security facility, there are no walls or fences to keep prisoners in. Security is maintained by inmate counts and strict accountability procedures. Many inmates housed at this facility work in landscaping at other facilities such as the Massachusetts Correctional Institution – Cedar Junction and the Bay State Correctional Center. Each minimum security inmate is required to hold a job paying between $1 and $4 a day. Many inmates work in various communities in Massachusetts and some even assist the Department of Recreation and Conservation with a variety of tasks and projects. In addition, all inmates at this facility are subject to random drug testing and treatment sanctions.

Pondville State Hospital

Pondville State Hospital, located in Norfolk, Massachusetts, opened in 1927 as a state-operated hospital to treat cancer patients and do research on the prevention and cure of cancer. It was located in buildings of the former Norfolk State Hospital, which served the mentally ill and drug addicted from 1912 to 1922. Pondville provided surgical services, residency training, training for Licensed Practical Nurses (from 1949), and outpatient care (St 1959, c 494). From the 1920s to the 1960s, facilities included on-site housing for many employees in separate multi-unit "cottages". New hospital buildings were constructed in the 1960s but as the state deemphasized direct patient care, it was agreed to sell the facility to the privately owned Norwood Hospital in 1981.

Rockwood Road Historic District

The Rockwood Road Historic District encompasses a portion of the town center of Norfolk, Massachusetts that has retained significant 19th-century characteristics. It extends along Rockwood Road (Massachusetts Route 115) from the MBTA Commuter Rail line to Boardman Street. This area consists mainly of residential or former residential buildings, as well as the 1863 Norfolk Grange Hall, a former church, and is reflective of the center's growth as a railroad village. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

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WDIS (AM 1170) was a radio station licensed to Norfolk, Massachusetts. It served the suburban communities south of Boston and north of Providence, Rhode Island. It had a daytime-only 1,000-watt signal that reached as far west as Worcester, Mass., giving it a coverage area of almost a half-million people. As of June 13, 2014, WDIS is silent. The FCC cancelled the license and deleted the call sign for WDIS on October 13, 2015.

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