Norfolk county. This town is nearly surrounded by the waters of Charles river. It contains numerous valuable mill seats. There are in the town 6 paper mills, a cotton factory, and manufactures of shoes, hats, and window blind hinges:—annual value, about $150,000. Incorporated, 1711. Population, 1837, 1,492. Needham lies 4 miles N.W. from Dedham, and 12 W.S.W. from Boston by the Boston and Worcester rail-road.