Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Norwood, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Norwood.
Norwood Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Norwood was ranked 138th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 103rd in 2012. However, it was 141st for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 175th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Norwood
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Norwood 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.
Origin of Norwood
Norwood was part of Dedham until it was incorporated in 1872. The area, which was used as a hunting ground by the Native Americans, was first settled by Ezra Morse in 1678. He set up a sawmill in what is now South Norwood. For the next 50 years, that land was settled by farmers. The town was named after Norwood, England.
What Norwood is Known for…
During the American Revolution, there was a Minuteman company organized in the area. The company’s captain, Aaron Guild, learned that the British were marching on Lexington and Concord to seize the ammunition stored there. So he rode to join the fight and arrived in time to fire on the British at Concord Bridge and participate in the running battle that chased the Redcoats back to Boston.
Abraham Lincoln passed through Norwood during his pre-inaugural tour of New England.
Listing of Norwood Favorites
Thai Boo Cuisine, 712 Washington St., Norwood, MA 02062
Café Paprika, 734 Washington St., Norwood, MA 02062
The Feisty Greek, 38 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood, MA 02062
To Beirut, 15 Cottage St. E., Norwood, MA 02062
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Day House on Day Street, built in 1859, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the headquarters for the Norwood Historical Society. It was the home of Fred Holland Day, the only son of Lewis and Anna Smith Day. The Smith and Day families were both prominent in the tanning industry that flourished in 19th century South Dedham/Norwood. Fred Holland Day, a noted photographer, publisher, historian and philanthropist, lived in the house until his death in 1933. The house is open for Sunday tours from April through July, and events throughout the year.
The Winslow-Allen mansion, also known as Oak View, is a Second Empire style mansion on Walpole Street. Construction on the home began in 1870 for Francis Olney Winslow, a descendant of a local tanning family who expanded the family business interests on a large scale. Winslow’s daughter, Clara, lived in Oak View in 1929 with her husband, Frank Allen, then governor of Massachusetts.
The Norwood Memorial Municipal Building on Washington Street is a late Gothic Revival building built in 1927-28. Visitors often mistake it for a church or believe it to have been a church, but it never was; its stained-glass windows depict not saints, but local patriot Aaron Guild. It includes a 57-bell carillon tower that houses the Walter F. Tilton Memorial Carillon, one of nine carillons in Massachusetts and the seventh-largest in the United States.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Norwood
Frank G. Allen was born in Lynn on October 6, 1874. Allen was the 51st Governor of Massachusetts. He served from 1929 until 1931. A businessman and executive with the Winslow Brothers & Smith Company from 1893, he become the company’s president from 1912 to 1929, and was married to Clara Winslow in 1897. He and his wife lived in the Winslow-Allen mansion. He died in Norwood on October 9, 1950.
Tony Rombola was born in Norwood on November 24, 1964. A self-taught guitarist, Rombola is an American musician who has been the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Boston-based hard rock band Godsmack since the mid-1990s.
Richard Joseph Hebner was born in Norwood on November 26, 1947. He is a former Major League Baseball third baseman, playing for a number of teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets. He is the batting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Triple-A-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. Hebner was known for working as a gravedigger at a cemetery run by his father and brother, Dennis, during the off-season,