Medfield's Dwight-Derby House: A Story of Love & Persistence

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Constructed in 1651, the Dwight-Derby House stands as the centerpiece of the Medfield town common and at the heart of the town's history. Contained within the walls of this 350-year-old time capsule are the stories of two prominent families: the Dwights and the Derbys—united in their deep connection to the home. To this day, the house remains a testament to the dedication and fortitude of the community, which banded together and succeeded in preserving this historic landmark. Join Electa Tritsch on her journey of sifting through records, artifacts and dusty cardboard boxes as she enlivens the story of the Dwight-Derby House—a home that has brought out the best of this thriving community.
ISBN: 9781596297852
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Landmarks
Images: 27
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Electa Tritsch is a professional research historian who specializes in Massachusetts and New England rural history through her company Oakfield Research. She holds an A.B. in English and American literature from Harvard University, as well as an MA and A.B.D. in American and New England studies with an emphasis on colonial social history, historical archeology, and material culture from Boston University. She is associated with numerous local and state-wide historical societies in southern New England, including the Medfield Historical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. She chairs the regional committee responsible for the Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark in Concord, and is also the former Executive Director of the Dedham Historical Society, a nearby town which originally included Medfield. Tritsch developed a local history curriculum to be taught in the classroom for the Medfield Public School system, which now regularly takes field trips to the Dwight-Derby House and the historical society. She is also the co-author of Building Dedham, published by the Dedham Historical Society in 1986.
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