Historical Sketch of Norfolk County, MA
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THIS county was incorporated in 1793, previous to which time it formed a part of Suffolk county. This name was formerly applied to a county composed of the towns in this state north of the Merrimac, with others in New Hampshire. After the separation of the states by a line three miles north of the Merrimac, the towns in this state were annexed to the county of Essex. The principal streams are Charles and Neponset rivers, with their branches. Much of the surface of Norfolk is broken and uneven, but no part can be considered mountainous. The ridges called the Blue Hills are the most noted elevations. Much of the soil is strong and rocky. That part of this county in the vicinity of Boston is generally in a high state of cultivation, as there is a good market for agricultural productions in the capital. The manufacture of boots and shoes is an important branch of business in this couuty. In 1837, there were 5,259 persons engaged in this manufacture. The following is a list of the towns, which are 22 in number.

Bellingham,

Foxborough,...

Roxbury,

Braintree,

Franklin,

Sharon,

Brookline,

Medfield,

Stoughton,

Canton,

Medway,

Walpole,

Cohasset,

Milton,

Weymouth,

Dedharn,

Needham,

Wrentham.

Dorchester,...

Quincy,

 

Dover,

Randolph,

 

In 1820, the population of this county was 36,471; in 1830, it was 41,901; in 1837, it was 50,399.


FROM:
Historical Collections Relating to the
History and Antiquities of
Every town in Massachusetts with
Geographical Descriptions.
By John Warner Barber.
Worcester
Published by Warren Lazell.
1848

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