During the year ending April 1, 1837, there were manufactured at Medfield, 124,000 straw bonnets, the value of which was $135,000. There are also manufactures of boots, shoes, leather, cutlery, and brushes. Medfield was taken from Dedham, in 1651.
During king Philip's war, in 1675, the town was burnt, and many of the inhabitants murdered by the Narragansets. Philip rode on an elegant horse, and directed the massacre. Population, 1837, 899.