Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Norfolk, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Norfolk.
Norfolk Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Norfolk was ranked 272nd in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 259th in 2012. It was 253rd for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 227th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Norfolk
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Norfolk area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
Norfolk was first settled in 1669. There were a half dozen small farms in the town after 1669, the result of an effort to populate the colonial frontier. But the land was abandoned during King Philip’s War (1675-1678). When the area was reestablished around 1681, settlers relied on agriculture and cattle grazing with some considerable lumbering and planting of orchards. Norfolk was not incorporated as a town until 1870, when it broke away from Wrentham and other surrounding communities. Previously known as North Wrentham, the town was named for Norfolk, England.
What Norfolk is Known for…
After 1812, three cotton manufacturing companies were established at Stony Brook. In addition, George Campbell’s paper mill was opened at Highland Lake in the late 1800s. The mill made heavy wrapping and building papers. The town’s population increased significantly after 1925 when a hospital and a state prison were built in Norfolk on the Walpole line. In 2009, Investopedia, a website operated by the Forbes Digital media company, named the community of 10,600 as one of the top seven places in the country to raise a family.
Listing of Norfolk Favorites
Novatos Bar & Grill, 218 Dedham St., Norfolk, MA 02056
Eagle Brook Saloon, 258 Dedham St., Norfolk, MA 02056
Horse N’ Carriage, 210 Dedham St., Norfolk, MA 02056
Bourque Restaurant, 194 Main St., Norfolk, MA 02056
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Boyde House on Myrtle Street was one of the original five houses built on the Native American trail from Medfield to Wrentham. A portion of the house was originally built in 1681 by John Boyde and later enlarged in 1700 and 1797. In the last half of the 18th century it became the home of Dr. Nathaniel Miller who also built a hospital on the hill next door. The home served as the original meeting place of the Montgomery Lodge of Masons. On July 10, 1797, Paul Revere came to the Boyde House to officiate at the ceremony granting the lodge its charter.
The Ware Family Crypt on Main Street is thought to be one of the oldest structures in Norfolk. It may have been built by the early members of the Ware family as a temporary burial place when a death occurred during the winter and the ground was too frozen for gravediggers to dig a grave. No one was buried in the crypt permanently as all the bodies were removed and buried elsewhere with the spring thaw. Records indicate that the Ware Crypt was used a recently as the early 1920s. Originally the crypt was built into the face of a substantial hill. The hill is gone but the crypt remains.
The Norfolk Cemetery on Main and Seekonk streets was established around 1745. Some of the town’s most prominent citizens and best known families are buried in this cemetery. For many years this cemetery has been the focal point of Norfolk Memorial Day parades and celebrations.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Norfolk
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in North Omaha, Nebraska. He lived in Norfolk in the early 1950s – as a prisoner in the Norfolk Prison Colony. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965, New York City.
Wallace Nutting was born in Rock Bottom, Mass. (now known as Gleasondale) on November 17, 1861. Nutting was a minister, photographer, artist, and antiquarian, most famous for his pictures. He was also an accomplished author, lecturer, furniture maker. Nutting died in Framingham on July 19, 1941.