Preserving Medfield’s rich history and landmarks is an ongoing commitment that our forebears from 350 years ago made possible. Town meetings have supported purchases and preservations but there is more work to be done. Current residents continue to support Medfield landmarks through private donations and fundraisers.
Learn about the following community Landmark Preservation initiatives currently seeking donations:
Peak House Heritage Center
In January 2019 the Directors of the Peak House Heritage Center began their management of the Peak House, one of the last remnants from Medfield’s beginnings. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this structure, built in 1711, is one of the earliest surviving examples of post-medieval English (Elizabethan) architecture as well as being the only free-standing structure of its kind in the United States. Its most unusual and salient feature is its exceptionally steep pitched roof which is the highest on record in Massachusetts. This distinction is noted by its name, the Peak House.
Kingsbury Grist Mill
The Friends of Kingsbury Pond Grist Mill (FOKP) is a group of adult volunteers dedicated to preserving, maintaining and improving one of Medfield’s most visible historic buildings built around 1718 by Captain Joseph Clark. Located on Spring Street (rt. 27S) at the serene Kingsbury Pond. The committee hopes to reopen the mill for people to see how milling has progressed through the years.
Straw Hat Park
A recently completed development of public land located between Zebra’s Bistro and Starbucks on North Street. This initiative enhances the downtown area with a rock patio, seating for eight and four-season shrubbery.
Veterans' Recognition Fund
The Veteran’s Recognition Fund (VRF) is a group of volunteers working together to purchase and display plaques and monuments within Medfield to recognize the contribution of Veteran’s from Medfield.
Saw Mill Conservation Fund
Established to raise funds for the maintenance of the Saw Mill Brook Conservation lands owned by the Town of Medfield. Located at Wight and School Streets near Medfield Center, this conservation area permanently protects approximately 66 acres of valuable wooded wetlands, fields and other important habitat. The land also provides protection for one of the Town’s drinking water wells and offers an outstanding trail network. It abuts The Norfolk Hunt Club. This open space is great for hiking, cross-country skiing, dog walking and horseback riding.