Dedham's History


Historic Districts in Dedham

With oversight from the Historic Districts Commission, the Town of Dedham has recognized three districts for their historic and architectural significance:

  • Franklin Square-Court Street District, also known as the Dedham Village Historic District, 
  • Connecticut Corner District, and
  • Federal Hill District.

View the Historic Districts GIS Map .

Dedham Historical Society

 To learn more about the history of Dedham, we suggest visiting the Dedham Historical Society and Museum Website. 

The Dedham Historical Society is a charitable, educational institution, organized under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is not a town department and receives no funds from local, state or federal

 government. It is completely supported through membership and private donations.

Visit the Dedham Historical Society Webpage

Homepage_background_4Fairbanks House

The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA is thought to be the oldest standing timber frame building in North America. Built circa 1637-1641 for Jonathan and Grace Fairebanke and their six children, it was home to eight generations of the Fairbanks family. The Fairbanks House is now a historic house museum.

Visit the Fairbanks House Website