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Norfolk Town Common, Norfolk, MA

Norfolk Town Common, Norfolk, MA (photo by Joan H.)

Article by Eric H., lifelong New England native

Norfolk, MA, a quiet small suburban/rural town about 30 miles southwest of Boston, boasts one of the nicest town commons in the region. This quintessential New England landscape remains simple, consisting of a gorgeous gazebo, paved walkways, stone walls, a retro clock, benches and framed by a historic church and colonial homes, and a modern library and town hall that have been designed to fit in with the downtown's old-fashioned look. It's nice at any time of the year, but particularly with holiday lights and a blanket of snow, and also at sundown on a quiet, still, hot summer night. Much of downtown Norfolk is surprisingly undeveloped -- parcels or rocky land, just waiting to be completed. Despite this somewhat frustrating inconsistency, downtown Norfolk remains a beautiful suburban place to relax by the town common and soak in the feeling of New England. It's great for the residents who know their town is a great place to live, as well as those interested in visiting the "real" New England.

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