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About the community
Dover is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 6,279 in 2016, with 2,008 households and 4,296 registered voters. Dover is bordered by: Natick, Wellesley and Needham to the North, Westwood to the East, Walpole and Medfield to the South, Sherborn to the West.
The first recorded settlement of Dover was in 1640. It was later established as the Springfield Parish of Dedham in 1748, and incorporated as District Dedham in 1784. Dover was officially incorporated as a town in 1836.
The Benjamin Caryl House at 107 Dedham St. dates from about 1777 and was home to Dover’s first minister, Benjamin Caryl, his son George, who was the town’s first doctor, and their descendants until 1897. It has been owned by the town and operated by the Historical Society since 1920. The house retains its architectural integrity and has been carefully restored to reflect life in the 1790s when the first two Caryl families lived and worked there together.
The Sawin Building has been a home for thousands of Dover relics, books, photographs and artifacts since the beginning of the 20th century. Benjamin and Eudora Sawin willed land and funds into the Dover Historical Society along with their old household goods so that the building could be erected, and it was dedicated on May 14, 1907, by members and friends of the Dover Historical Society. In the early years it was used for meetings and to house Dover’s historical memorabilia, but eventually members became disenchanted with the Society and the building was seldom opened. In the 1960s there was a renewed interest in the Historical Society which led to the general overhaul and refurbishing of the building. The Sawin Museum, located at the corner of Centre and Dedham Streets in Dover Center, is owned and operated by the Dover Historical Society and is open to the public free of charge.
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If you’re thinking about buying a home in Dover, MA real estate, then you are in the right place. While living in a close-knit community, this quaint town has all the modern day conveniences amongst the homes and apartments in Dover. Known as the “Town of Friendship”, residents enjoy the historical charm and fun-filled attractions in the area and surrounding communities.
Dover’s history goes back more than 350 years. It is a small colonial community in Norfolk County, MA approximately 40 minutes away from downtown Boston. Originally named Springfield, because of its predominant farming community, the town became Dover in 1836. Dover boasts several notable landmarks.
The Benjamin Caryl House is a town landmark, home to Dover’s first minister, Benjamin Caryl. Since 1920, the Historical Society has operated the location, while restoring its original 1790’s charm and retaining its architectural integrity through the years.
The Sawin Museum houses an interesting collection of Dover relics, photos and artifacts dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. In the 1960s, the Historical Society overhauled and refurbished the building and still owns and operates it today. The museum is open to the public free of charge.
If you enjoy the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors, when you secure a piece of Dover real estate or a Dover rental property, you’ll discover why this beautiful town is the place to be.
Located on 36-acres the Elm Bank Horticulture Center is the home of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. The gardens and horticulture center grounds include open fields, meadows, streams, pools, wooded areas, and formal gardens. It’s a great place for individuals and families to enjoy.
Noanet Woodlands includes more than 17 miles of shady trails and woods roads, including kid-friendly trails and strenuous treks. You can enjoy walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and birding. You can even hike to the top of Noanet Peak for terrific views of the Boston skyline. Dover homes for sale nearby will offer the spectacular green views that you seek.
The Arts and Entertainment
The Dover Foundation, known for its community spirit,has produced over 60 Broadway-inspired plays and musicals for the community. There’s also the Charles River Creative ArtsProgram, an organization that offers over 130 classes in art, dance, theater, music, video, animation, photo, textiles, writing, and sports to children in the community.
Dover's public schools are considered among the best in Massachusetts
Consistently over the last decade, Dover’s public schools are considered among the best in Massachusetts. According to research conducted by Boston Magazine in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, the town’s schools scored No. 1 in the State. Dover has three public schools—Chickering Elementary School (grades K-5), Dover-Sherborn Middle School (grades 6-8), and Dover-Sherborn High School (grades 9-12). The private, independent Charles River School (Pre-K-grade 8) is located in the town’s center.
Located near Caryl Park and the entrance to Noanet Woodlands (also known as Miss Peabody’s Woods), Chickering School is under the elected Dover School Committee, while the two secondary schools are the responsibility of the regional school system, under the elected Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee, with costs and governance shared with the neighboring town of Sherborn. The Regional schools share a campus on Farm Street in Dover, near the borders with Sherborn and Medfield.
Dover Sherborn High School has impressive results with regards to graduation rates, college admission rates and standardized and Advanced Placement exam scores. DSHS was ranked 3rd in Cost Efficiency and 7th in Academic Performance by Boston Magazine. U.S. News & World Report named Dover-Sherborn High School a Gold Medal School, ranking them 65th in the nation.
Dover used to have two elementary schools, Chickering for grades K to 3, and Caryl Elementary School for grades 4 to 8. In 1970, Caryl School was gutted by fire. It was rebuilt and remained open until finally being closed in 2001 after the expansion of Chickering.
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