About Norfolk County
Norfolk County, Massachusetts was created on March 26, 1793 by legistation signed by Gov. John Hancock. Most of the towns were originally part of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The towns of Dorchester and Roxbury were part of Norfolk County when it was created but, as Boston gradually annexed them, they returned to be part of Suffolk County. Hingham and Hull were originally part of the Norfolk County legislation but petitioned to remain in Suffolk county and in June 1793 their removal to Norfolk county was repealed. Later in 1803 they were moved into Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
The county is also the birthplace of four of the individuals who have held the office of President of the United States (John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush), resulting in the moniker "County of Presidents."
Cities, towns, and villages
Avon incorporated 1888 from Stoughton.
Bellingham incorporated 1719 from Dedham.
Braintree founded 1640.
Brookline incorporated 1705 from Boston.
Canton incorporated 1797 from Dorchester.
Cohasset incorporated 1770 from Hingham.
Dedham founded 1636. (County seat).
Dover incorporated 1784 from Dedham.
Foxborough incorporated 1778 from Wrentham.
Franklin incorporated 1778.
Holbrook incorporated 1872.
Medfield incorporated 1651.
Medway incorporated 1713 from Medfield.
Millis incorporated 1885 from Medway.
Milton incorporated 1662.
Needham incorporated 1711 from Dedham.
Norfolk incorporated 1870 from Wrentham.
Norwood incorporated 1872.
Plainville incorporated 1905 from Wrentham.
Quincy incorporated 1792 from Braintree.
Randolph incorporated 1793 from Braintree.
Sharon incorporated 1765 from Stoughton.
Stoughton incorporated 1726 from Dorchester.
Walpole incorporated 1724 from Dedham.
Wellesley incorporated 1881 from Needham.
Westwood incorporated 1897 from Dedham.
Weymouth founded 1635.
Wrentham incorporated 1673 from Dedham.
Note: West Roxbury (annexed to Boston 1874), Roxbury (annexed to Boston 1868), Dorchester (founded 1630, annexed to Boston 1870), and Hingham and Hull were originally part of Norfolk County when the county was incorporated in 1793.
* Villages are census divisions, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.
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