The town of Dedham was established in 1635. Read about the town’s growth and development in this history of the town.
The history of Black people and culture in Dedham starts with slavery through to today. This section is under construction. In the meantime, please see “Dedham Stories” below.
The original footprint of Dedham rested on Massachusett and Wampanoag territory. Read about the relations between indigenous tribes and with European settlers in this history of the town.
History of Mother Brook
The oldest man-made canal in America
Mother Brook Brochure
[Left] Click here to read a brochure on the history of Mother Brook. The brochure was created as part of the 375th anniversary of the building of Mother Brook in 1639-1641.
Mother Brook Historic Walking Trail
[Right] Take a walk along the historic Mother Brook, stopping to read the historic markers along the way.
Histories of the people of Dedham, past and present
People of all ages are affected by COVID-19. DHS history teacher Michael Medeiros asked students to submit journals of their experiences during the end of their 2019-2020 academic year. A selection of those stories is shared here. Thank you to Mr. Medeiros and to the students who gave permission to share their history.
Photo by Dan Libon.
The story of Lillian Wood (1893-1946)
“A Life Overshadowed by Disease.”
Every stage of Lillian’s life was overshadowed by disease, yet throughout, Lillian rallied. Her legacy to her descendants is that she tenaciously rewove her heartache into her life’s fabric, a fabric that was textured with hope and love.
Thank you to Sally Seurfert Holmes for sharing Lillian’s story.
Members of four multi-racial Dedham families share their experiences on an episode of “I am Dedham,” a program about Dedham residents. A central message is:
“I hear you.”
Thank you to Dedham TV and to Joseph Borsellino of the Dedham Human Rights Commission.
One Dedham familie’s story of life during the 1918 influenza pandemic, with comparisons and contrasts to the COVID-19 pandemic of today.