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Historical Society to Present “Medfield: A Town Divided”

Three hundred years ago, in 1713, Medfield residents on the west side of the Charles River broke away to form the town of Medway. On Feb. 4, hear historians from Medfield and Medway talk about the split.

The following press release was submitted by the Medfield Historical Society. 

The Medfield Historical Society will present the first of its spring programs, “Medfield—A Town Divided,” at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 North Street, on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Three hundred years ago, in 1713, Medfield residents on the west side of the Charles River broke away to form their own community—the town of Medway. Curator Richard DeSorgher will reveal the underlying causes that led to the split and portray the impact it had on Medfield. Learn about the vote at a Medfield Town Meeting that resulted in the request to form a new town. Hear about the decision of the Massachusetts Great and General Court, which granted the request. Find out how Medfield was compensated.

Medway, which is just beginning its 300th Anniversary Celebration, will send members of its historical society to the "scene of the crime," the First Parish Church, where the Feb. 4th program will take place, to present the reaction in Medway and what life was like 300 years ago in that new settlement.

The program is free and open to the public, although donations to offset program costs are always appreciated.

The program will be presented again at the Medway Historical Society's March meeting, time and location of which to be determined.

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