The Dwight-Derby House, 7 Frairy Street, Medfield, MA

Free Photos With Santa

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Santa will back again this year 6:30-8:30 on December 6th at the Dwight-derby House. This has been a very popular event in the past. The house has always had a very warm atmosphere at night but is amplified when decorated for the holidays.

We thank the “Gallery Gals” for decking our halls for the holiday season. It truly makes the House come alive with the holiday spirit.

Even if you have no desire in a photo there is a lot to take in. The Dwight-Derby House Holiday Shoppe will be open with items for everyone on your list.


Dwight-Derby House Artists Reception for Brenda O’Connor and Diane ConnollyBrenda O'Conner art1

Two award-winning Dwight-Derby House Artists, Brenda O’Connor and Diane Connolly, will exhibit their art at the “Galley” at Medfield TV in September. Their reception will be Friday September 13th 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. and their art can be viewed Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm along with many other pieces by the Dwight-Derby House Artists.

It’s fitting these two artists will show together as they serve on the Norwood Art Association (NAA)board as Co-Hospitality Chairman, they show their art at NAA’s Fine Artists Gallery and Studio, participate in many of the same shows, take Jonathan Fairbanks art classes and were inspired to paint at a very young age.

Diane was the first to become a member of the NASS in 1997 and Brenda in 2010. They joined the Dedham Art Association last year.

Their style is mostly traditional of landscapes, portraits and still lifes and have tried their hand at most mediums. Today, Brenda works mainly in oil and Diane in acrylics. They have a deep passion for art.

There’re philanthropic minded. Diane volunteered her time, talents and expertise to the residents of the Ellis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Norwood. Brenda has donated many pieces of her art to be raffled with proceeds to help stop violence against woman.

Be sure to see this exhibit as there will be something to please everyone.

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Brenda O’Connor

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As a young girl, living in Boston, Massachusetts, Brenda always enjoyed arts and crafts and was amazed at what could be created. This is where her love for art began.

When she was thirteen, she entered her first art show with the Department of Education – Archdiocese of Boston “Art Fair”. She was a student at the Holy Name School and entered a watercolor called “Bird of Paradise” which won a ribbon.

It was in high school at Mount Saint Joseph Academy Brighton, MA where she was inspired to continue with her art by her art teacher. She was told to never stop creating.

In 1982 Brenda married her husband Mark. They had three children which kept her busy for several years. As her children grew, she slowly went back to her art. She tryed a couple of workshops with Rosemarie Morelli and Greg Maichack and art demonstrations at the Norwood Public Library and Endicott Estates, Dedham.

In 2010 her interest deepened, she decided to become a member of the Norwood Art Association (NAA). She continues to be an active member serving on the board as Co-Hospitality Chairman, participating in the NAA’s art show “Art in the Park” every year, an Anchor Artist at their Norwood Fine Artists Gallery and Studio where her art is for sale and attends Jonathan Leo Fairbanks art classes. She is also a member of the Dedham Art Association.

Brenda is an award-winning artist in several mediums. She has participated in many local juried shows including “The Arts Affairs” at Marina Bay” Quincy, MA., “Webster Bank” Needham, MA, “Mother Brook Arts and Community Center” Dedham, MA., and “Art in the Park” Norwood, MA. She has also showed at the Walpole Public Library, Westwood Public Library, Norwood Farmers Market, The Morse House, Norwood, Norwood Civic Center, Saint Paul’s Church, Dedham, Custom Art FramingSmall Works Show”, Norwood, Emmanuel Lutheran Church NAA Art Show”, Norwood, Union Point, Weymouth and at the Norwood Theater.

Several pieces of Brenda’s artwork have been donated to help stop violence against women. Her motto is “Look, take a picture, draw it, paint it, then you’ll have something great!”

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At the age of five, Diane’s love for art began. In high school she majored in art and painted backgrounds for many theatrical shows.

After high school, she attended the School of Practical Art which is now the Art Institute of Boston. She worked as a hairdresser for many years but always remained interested in art.

In 1982 she began taking classes through Milton Adult Continuing Education at the Milton High School and at the Attleboro Art Museum in 1997. She has studied watercolor under Barbara Rinaldi of Norfolk and Jean Carvel of Walpole and oil and acrylic with Edwina Casi.  Today, she studies under Jonathan Fairbanks in acrylics and oil.

In 1997 Diane became a member of the Norwood Art Association and has been on the board for many years as co-hospitality chair. She also volunteers and shows her art at the Norwood Fine Artists Gallery managed by the Norwood Art Association.

Diane has received awards for her art and has sold many pieces. She has given art instruction to the residents at the Ellis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Norwood. Her most recent endeavor is in plein-air painting.


Dwight-Derby House Artist Reception for Maureen Obey

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Maureen Obey is an award-winning artist and a Dwight-Derby House Artist. She will show her paintings at the “Gallery” at Medfield TV in July and August. Her paintings will be available for viewing Monday through Friday 10:00am -5:00 pm and at a wine and cheese reception on the 26th of July. At the reception you will meet the artist and be able to experience and discuss her work. Many art pieces will be for sale.

Maureen’s interest in art began in childhood. Her mother would draw boxes and circles and shaded them with pencil to show her how to make objects look real. This inspired her to try it herself because it seemed like magic to her young mind.  She began practicing anywhere she could. She found that hard packed dirt was a good drawing surface which gave her the ability to draw almost anywhere with only a stick.

Her defining moment was at fifteen years of age when she visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She saw the painting “The Standard Bearer of the Harvest Festival” by Antonio Mancini. In the artists own words “It literally took my breath away and through all the years ahead I never forgot that moment and how it made me feel. I returned many years later, tears filled my eyes as I slowly breathed in this masterpiece again.”

In her early twenties her true journey in art began. She had no formal training but started to fill her walls with unframed charcoal portraits of singers on music albums. Married in 1984 which lead to three children who became her students and her kitchen table their studio. She shared with them the magic of watercolors which she had learned under Nancy Sargent Howell.

In 1998, Maureen became interested in oil painting, she began studying under Edwina Caci where the deep colors and creamy texture of the oils became her passion. Her interest deepened and she wanted to be challenged. She continued to develop herself as an artist under Rosemarie Morelli, Dianne Panerelli Miller and continues today under Jonathan Fairbanks.

Maureen has also tried her hand at pastels with Jeanne Rosier Smith. She is a member of the Norwood Art Association and sometimes shows as a “Guest Artist” at their Norwood Fine Artist Gallery where her art is for sale. She also has a website  where her art can be seen and purchased.


Dwight-Derby House Artist Reception for Lisa McDonald







Elizabeth (Lisa) MacDonald, a Dwight-Derby House Artist, will show her art at “The Gallery” Medfield TV, 18 North Meadows Road, from March 29th through the month of April.

As a child growing up in Arlington, MA, Lisa heard stories of her second cousin, Ruth Perkins Safford’s (1892-1979) paintings of interiors of Washington, DC. Safford is believed to be the only known artist who specialized in interiors of buildings in America and who has painted the most comprehensive 20th century exterior and interior architectural history of the state of Maine. This family member left an indelible impression on Lisa and inspired her to take up the brush.

Oil is Lisa’s medium of choice which she has been perfecting for over thirty years with a style that leans towards traditional with a focus on realism. Landscapes have been her focus but she has also produced botanicals and portraits. Many of her paintings are of Maine, Cape Cod and local scenes.

Lisa and her husband, Donald, raised their family in Medfield. As the family grew, she rekindled her interest in art by taking classes at the Danforth Museum and continued by studying under Eleanor Holmes through the Medfield Adult Continuing Education program. Lisa has been a constant student of Holmes for over thirty years. You can imagine Lisa’s delight, when her daughter Sally decided to study under Holmes for a few years.

Interest in art has never waned for Lisa. She studied under Edwina Caci in Norwood, participated in workshops in Scituate with Nancy Howell and has been a member of the Franklin Art Association. Currently, she is a member of the Dwight-Derby House Artist group who paint on Tuesday nights May-December at the Dwight-Derby House under Eleanor Holmes and a member of the Norwood Art Association. She participates in the Norwood Art Association art classes with the well-respected artist Jonathan L. Fairbanks as instructor.

The family tradition in the arts has continued. Lisa’s daughter Sally is a writer/illustrator and another daughter, Cait, is a professor of interior design at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and next year, granddaughter Julia will be attending the Academy of Realist Art in Boston.

Lisa’s work will be highlighted, with a reception, on March 29th from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm at Medfield TV. All are welcome to attend. You can also view her art at Medfield TV during their regular business hours Monday – Friday 10:00am-5:00pm.

Dwight-Derby House Artist Reception for the Junghanns Family

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The Junghanns family’s love for art began with Emma Glanz Junghanns. She married Earnest Junghanns, an engineer, in Germany and they immigrated to the United States in the early 1920’s. Their residence was in Yonkers, New York and they summered at Indian Lake, New York in a home Ernest designed. She took instructional painting classes in the early 1930’s when her son, George Ernest Junghanns, was a teenager. Emma continued to paint into her 80’s who always had an easel set up on her kitchen table.  Her dedication and joy inspired her son to try it himself.


George continued to paint for enjoyment and relaxation for most of his life. He would summer at the Adirondacks in the home his father built and spent his days painting along the Cedar River. Inspired by the amazing vistas and tranquility, he would disappear into the wilderness with his art supplies slung over his shoulder and produce vivid landscapes of streams and trees.

He served as president of the Franklin Art Association and was an English Professor at Dean College. Art continued to be his form of relaxation.

Joan Gaire Junghanns married George in 1952.  She was drawn to art by her husband’s enthusiasm for oil painting. As her interest increased, Joan took art classes through the Franklin Continuing Education program, Franklin and under Eleanor Holmes at The Center, Medfield. She enjoyed painting landscapes, wild animals, pets and religious portraits.

As she accumulated many pieces of art, she gained the desire for others to enjoy her art. Joan developed a motto “to give away her paintings to those who would enjoy and appreciate them”. As a result, many of her paintings reside in rectories in the Adirondack Mountains, in personal collections and donated to causes such as the Bethany House in Millis.

The Junghanns family would summer in the Adirondack Mountains every year. This is where their children were influenced by their father’s joy for painting. He would return from a day of inspired painting and share what he had produced. There would be conversations about color, composition and light. Everyone would join in on the critique. His daughters were inspired to continue the family tradition of painting in oils by these meetings on the porch.

Diane Junghanns Beatrice, their daughter, was born in Yonkers, New York. They relocated to Franklin, MA where her father began his career as English Professor at Dean College. Diane has always been interested in the Arts. As a young girl, she played the clarinet and performed in concerts and Marching Band and in college took up ballet and modern dance.

Growing up in a family of artists, the natural progression was to pick up a brush. Diane was inspired by her grandmother, father and mother’s devotion to art and it was a natural progression for her to try this mode of expression. Her interest in painting began in her adult years. Diane took art lessons through the Medfield Adult Continuing Education Program under the skillful eye of Eleanor Holmes.

Diane has been a member of the Foxborough Art Association and is currently a member of the Dwight Derby Artists. Painting in oils has been her preferred medium until this past summer when she took a plein air class in a wildflower preserve using watercolor with her older sister Helen. Helen also takes art classes and lives in the Adirondacks. This recent watercolor class sparked Diane’s interest in watercolor painting. Cloud formations, trees, natural landscapes and seascapes are subjects she gravitates towards.

Diane has worked in the education field for twenty years and currently is an administrator in a school in Boston. In addition to her duties as administrator, she enjoys the role as school photographer, taking photographs of children engaged in activities, school wide events and still life photographs for the school website and social platforms.

Julia Junghanns is Diane’s younger sister. She was born in Franklin, MA and went to Franklin High School. There she took an Art Portfolio Class with Mr. Macphee. He encouraged her to continue with her art. She too, was influenced by her grandmother’s, father’s and mother’s love of art. She observed, listened and was inspired by their work.

Later, Julia began taking art classes through the Medfield Continuing Education program with Eleanor Holmes which she attended for many years.  There, she was encouraged by Eleanor and her classmates to paint more and then joined the Dwight Derby Artists Group with the Dwight-Derby House.

Julia has a career in municipal government in the field of public health for a local town where she has served for almost twenty years. She enjoys taking photographs of nature.

Diane’s son, Nathan, also has taken up the brush. So, the enthusiasm for art in this family has continued for four generations.

Come and join us on January 25th at 6:00pm for the Junghanns Family Reception at the Gallery at Medfield TV and experience this family’s joy for art. The show will continue through February. Visit Medfield TV any weekday from 10 am – 4pm.

Free Photos with Santa


Free Photos with Santa is back again this year at the Dwight-Derby House! The Dwight-Derby Christmas Shoppe will be open 6:30-9:00 with holiday and art created by the Dwight-Derby Artist. Santa will arrive at 7:00pm sharp and will leave for the North Pole at 9:00 pm. The photographer, Theresa Knapp, will artfully craft your photo and make it available for download on the Medfield Patch. This year, The Dwight-Derby House Carolers will accompany Santa’s visit with festive songs of the season. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council. You will not want to miss this old-time holiday celebration in the oldest house in Medfield. The house gives the warmest felling of holidays past.

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The Dwight-Derby House is proud to be a participant in CAM’s Holiday Stroll

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The reception may be over but the show continues through the end of December. Do stop into the Gallery at Medfield TV Monday through Friday 10-5. You will be glad you did!

Dwight-Derby House Artists of the Month Reception

You’re invited to the Dwight-Derby House November Artist’s reception for Eleanor May Holmes November 9th at 6:00 pm -8:00 pm “The Gallery” at Medfield TV , 18 N Meadows Rd.

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New England FallThree years ago, The Dwight-Derby House form an art group with award winning artist, Eleanor May Holmes, as the resident artist and teacher. This group paints every Tuesday night May- September.

Do consider joining us for this wonderful event! There will be five local artists showing in all kinds of mediums. Eleanor’s work will be        highlighted in the Medfield TV conference room.


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Eleanor was born in Keene, New Hampshire and later relocated to Norwood, Massachusetts where she attended high school. She and her husband now reside in Millis where Eleanor has taught art for many years.

Holmes is an award winning artist who developed her technique at Dean College, Franklin. She studied under Pauline Havener and Mr. Gilfoy before venturing out on her own. Teaching has been her passion for over thirty years and has taught at The Center in Medfield, Medfield Adult Continuing Education, Millis Senior Center and privately.  At the age of 93, she continues to instruct with the Dwight-Derby House Artists.

The spectrum of her work spans many mediums including oil, pastel, pencil, acrylic, and watercolor. She concentrates primarily on landscapes, portraits, still lifes and botanicals. Eleanor’s artwork, for which she has received over thirty awards, has been exhibited at the Millis Public Library, the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, The Woodshed Gallery in Franklin, Medfield Library, Premier Image Gallery in Ashland, Milford Library, Millis Town Hall, Norwood Fine Artists’ Gallery & Studio, The Center at Medfield, Norfolk Library, Blackstone Community Center, Bellingham Library, Franklin Town Hall, The Dwight-Derby House in Medfield and the Cheshire Library in Connecticut. Her artwork was also highlighted at Pippinele’s Restaurant in Franklin.

Eleanor has been a member of many art associations including Franklin Art Association, Norwood Art Association, The Milford Artist Guild and Blackstone Valley Art Association. She has also served on the Millis Cultural Council board.

Today, her work focuses on private commissions and grandchildren.





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The Dwight-Derby House will be starting an outdoor “Drop in and  Paint” for adults artists over 18 years of age on Tuesday evenings through September at 6:00 pm. – 8:00pm for $5:00 per session. You bring everything to paint and we supply the location and the ability to paint with other artists. You can attend as many sessions as you like since you pay as you go.
Do let us know if you’re interested. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Dwight-Derby House is located in uptown Medfield at 7 Frairy Street. Take Rt. 109 to the Center and turn on to North Street at the light. Frairy Street is the first street on the left and the Dwight-Derby House is the first house on the right across from Meeting
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“You Paint”


Calling all Medfield artists! A “You Paint” session will begin at the Dwight-Derby House in May weather permitting. We invite artists to paint outside at the Dwight-Derby House. You bring all the necessary equipment to paint outside. We supply a beautiful setting and the opportunity to paint with other artists. Admission $5.  Times and dates will be posted weekly.


3rd Grade Tours

For a week the 3rd Grade will be visiting historic sites in Medfield. The Dwight-Derby house has the honor of being one of the chosen sites as we have been for many years. This years tours will take place the last week of May and the first week in June.

This is an experience that many of the children remember for a life time and some even return as adults and share their stories with us. We look forward to this event every year!


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Saturday “God Loves Medfield”, a program organized by the minister, Jonathan Chechile, of the Medfield Baptist Church, cleaned up Medfield. The Dwight-Derby House was one of the fortunate sites to be chosen for this event.
The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House are an all volunteer 501 c3 non profit organization that restores, preserves and shares with the community the property. We have no budget from the town or large force of man power. We completely rely on good spirited volunteers to reach our goals.
This program, that has taken place for the last few years, is a miracle to us! We would never be able to completely clean the property if it wasn’t for these wonderful people who gave up their Saturday morning to give back to our community in a big way!
The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House are grateful to be included in this wonderful program. Thank you to all who participated and especially to Jonathan and Leanne Ross who was our site manager. We truly appreciate your efforts!

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Come to the Dwight-Derby House (DDH) on December 1 from 6:30 – 9:00 and share in the holiday spirit!









































































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Free Photos with Santa is back again this year! Theresa Knapp and a high school student will be the photographers.  Your photo will be taken in the Keeping Room with the backdrop of our historic and holiday decorated working fireplace. It is the perfect setting to experience the old world feel of the holidays. You can have a portrait or a group family or friend photo. Your choice!  The photos will be take on a first come first serve basis and will be shared with you on Medfield Patch.

We are pleased to be participating in the Cultural Alliance of Medfield Holiday Stroll. Our Shoppe will be open and stocked with holiday items and works from the Dwight-Derby House Artists. These artists are local artists who meet Tuesday nights at DDH to paint. If you would like to see their profiles visit our website .  Many pieces created with Medfield in mind. Mark your calendars and don’t miss a wonderful Holiday experience!

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October 2017

First Annual Derbyfest

                               Owen Hawkins co-owner of 7th Wave Brewing IMG_4753The very first Annual Derbyfest will be held at the Dwight-Derby House on October 21st from 4:00-6:00. We are very excited about this new venue. This year there will be a beer tasting, by 7th Wave Brewing, that will take place on our terrace (weather permitting) which will be accompanied by complementing snacks.  IMG_4846

7th Wave Brewing set up shop in the old stitchery building off route 27 in Medfield this last June. They have a wide range of exciting brews including Two Turtles Double IPA, Rte. 27 Pale Ale, Clamshell Extra Special Bitter, Bill Hill IMG_4751All Night Session and Barn Door Farmhouse Rye Session. GeorgeHoratioDerbyline They plan to produce a brew in honor of Captain George Horatio Derby who was America’s first satirical writer and an occupant of the Dwight-Derby House from 1823-1844. This special brew should be available for purchase in another month or so and a portion of the proceeds will support the restoration and preservation of the Dwight-Derby House.

           Captain George Horatio Derby

Check back to this website or visit us on Facebook at Friends of the Dwight-Derby House to see when this is announced! I’m sure every Medfielder will want to buy a bottle or two! IMG_4741

7th Wave also offers their own freshly roasted Ethiopian, Sulawesi and Costa Rican coffee and 7th wave t-shirts and hats which will be available for purchase.

The Dwight-Derby House Shoppe will be open and packed full of items created by the Dwight-Derby House Artist. These artists paint and create every Tuesday night at the Dwight-Derby House. The Shoppe also carries many Medfield items such as wine glasses, mugs, ornaments and coasters.


All attendees will have the opportunity to experience the abeyance and historic charm of the house and property. It is truly an enchanting place. Mini tours will take place every fifteen minutes if you choose to take part.

All this for $5 for each adult over 21. This is a rain or shine event since we can utilize the house for inclement weather. To purchase a ticket email or call 508-359-7264. All ticket proceeds will benefit the restoration and preservation of the Dwight-Derby House.



Dwight-Derby House September 2017           Let’s Celebrate Medfield!   The Dwight-Derby House will host its 20th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 9, 2017, to celebrate 20 years since the Town of Medfield purchased the house and property. The evening of local food and music promises to be a fun-filled evening with local musicians Tom Duprey, David Hawthorn, and Jeri Bergonzi and her trio, hors d’oeuvres (6 p.m.) and an elegant buffet dinner (7 p.m.) served by Basil Restaurant. The cocktail hour (with cash bar) will feature Duprey and Hawthorn. Duprey has been a resident of Medfield and a music teacher with the Dover-Sherborn Middle School for 19 years. He is a Trumpet professor at Wellesley College, has taught for 25 years and a freelance Trumpet player, in the Boston area, for over 30 years. He is also a founding member of the James Merenda’s Ticklejuice as cornet/accordion. Tom has performed with well-known musicians such as Dionne Warwick, Johnny Matthis, The Temptations, Tommy Tune and Robert Goulet and the Four Tops. Guitarist David Harthorn and Tom have spread their sound throughout New England at weddings, churches, restaurants and community events. They are transforming! Dinner will include a full course meal with bread, salad, roast prime rib, chicken marsala, pasta primavera, vegetables and rice, and will feature Medfield vocalist and pianist Jeri Bergonzi who teaches Jazz Piano at Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, as well as, privately here in Medfield. Her trio has performed throughout the Boston area for the past 35 years and has performed locally at the Zullo Gallery, the Gazebo and the Dwight-Derby House. She has an enchanting voice that is sure to please.  After dinner, there will be dancing to music jointly performed by Duprey and Bergonzi. It will be an amazing performance that you won’t want to miss! The DDH store will also be open during the event where local items will be available for purchase (cash and checks only). Tickets will be on sale at the Dwight-Derby House on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or anytime by contacting Theresa Knapp at 359-4757 or Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased per seat or per table of 10. All proceeds will support the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the Dwight-Derby House. The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House are currently seeking sponsorship to help defray costs. For more information or to donate, contact President Cheryl O’Malley at Please consider joining us for a fun filled evening of everything Medfield! ________________________________________________________ Sponsorship Levels Dwight-Derby House 20th Anniversary Gala 2017 We would like to raise $5,000 to defray costs of the Dwight-Derby 20th Anniversary Gala. It will be a celebration of everything Medfield! Dinner will be served by Medfield’s Basil’s Restaurant, music will be performed by two Medfield artists, Tom Duprey and Jeri Bergonzi, and our Dwight-Derby House Shoppe will be filled with items created by Medfield artists. Help us make this the Medfield event of the year! Sponsorship Levels: $5,000 or more – Diamond 

  • Private evening tour of Dwight-Derby House up to 25 guests
  • A free gift from our store up to $20 value
  • Newspaper acknowledgement
  • Logo on website
  • List as sponsor on website
  • Your sign on yard on Medfield Day

$4,000 or more – Platinum

  • Free ten-person tour of the Dwight-Derby House
  • A free gift from our store up to $20 value
  • Newspaper acknowledgement
  • Logo posted on website
  • Listed as sponsor on website
  • Your sign on yard on Medfield Day

$2,500 or more – Gold

  • Free five-person of Dwight-Derby House
  • Newspaper acknowledgement
  • Logo posted on website
  • Listed as sponsor on website
  • Your sign on yard on Medfield Day

$1,000 or more – Silver

  • Free two-person tour of Dwight-Derby House
  • Newspaper acknowledgment
  • Logo posted on Website
  • Your sign on Yard on Medfield Day

$500 or more – Bronze

  • Newspaper acknowledgement
  • Listed as sponsor on website
  • Your sign on yard on Medfield Day

$100 or more – Copper

  • Newspaper acknowledgement
  • Sign on yard on Medfield Day


  • Email: Cheryl O’
  • Phone: 508-359-7264

Send Check to:

  • Cheryl O’Malley
  •  38 Pleasant Street
  • Medfield, MA 02052

Make check to: Friends of the Dwight-Derby House Note/Memo: 20th Gala ______________________________________________________ Sponsors of the Dwight-Derby House 20th Anniversary Gala! Silver: MEMO Logo           Copper: Bullard’s Market Berkshire Hathaway page Realty logo Roche Brothers logoLovell's Logo Larkin's Logo

We thank Medfield businesses for coming together in celebration of Medfield! Tayor Rental logo         Basils logo ________________________________________________________________________   IMG_3134 Marjorie Cappucci, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager, Needham Bank – Medfield and Cheryl O’Malley, President, Friends of the Dwight-Derby House The Dwight-Derby House Butler’s Pantry Project Campaign Has Begun The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House has initiated a campaign to raise funds for our Butler’s Pantry Project. Restoration and preservation of the oldest house in Medfield has continued since its purchase in 1996. This task has been completed on all but two rooms out of eighteen spaces making this house a jewel of downtown Medfield. We now turn our attention to the kitchen, which we feel will open new opportunities for the Town of Medfield and the “Friends”.  Today, this room does not meet the definition of a kitchen, lacking as it does even basic appliances; its newest fixture being from the 1950’s. Our plan is to transform this space into a Butler’s Pantry or warming kitchen where caterers and renters could hold food for serving. This will broaden our horizons and the possible usages of the house and make it an even greater asset to the Town of Medfield. We thank Needham Bank for donating $1,000 towards this project. We appreciate their support and their commitment to our community. Do consider donating to the Friends of the Dwight-Derby House Butler’s Pantry Project by sending your check to Friends of the Dwight-Derby House, c/o Cheryl O’Malley, 38 Pleasant Street, Medfield, MA. 02052. Thank You ______________________________________________

Third Grade Tours

For two weeks in June the Medfield third grade toured historic sights of Medfield.  These sights included the Dwight-Derby House, Peak House, Kingsbury Mill, the Old Meeting House location,Town Hall and Medfield Historical Society. The children learned about the early settlers, the King Phillip War, Colonial life and what the houses looked like back then. They discovered that the Dwight-Derby House is the oldest house in Medfield and didn’t burn down during the King Phillip War when half the town was burnt to the ground These tours give the children the opportunity to get to know their town and experience its history first hand. It’s an experience that lasts a lifetime! _____________________________________________   We need a secretary and volunteers. The secretary position could be shared. We meet once a month excluding January and February as needed. The Dwight-Derby House is the oldest house in Medfield and it needs volunteers to manage the property. You would be giving back to your community in a big way by joining the Dwight-Derby House team of volunteers.

  • Annual Appeal
  • Publicity
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • General Volunteer

It takes a village! Please contact Cheryl O’Malley at ________________________________________________

The Dwight-Derby House Butler’s Pantry Project

The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House are working hard to complete the restoration of the Dwight-Derby House. There are two rooms out of eighteen left to restore the Butler’s Pantry (Kitchen) and Milk Room (Shoppe). Each are a major restoration project and costly. We have started the fundraising campaign for the Butler’s Pantry Project and are pleased to announce we have received $1000 from Needham Bank and $2,500 from Dedham Savings. We thank them for their generosity and support! This project will indeed benefit the house and the community by supplying us with a fictional kitchen. It is greatly needed and will insure a more overall pleasurable and better experience for all. The projected cost for this project is $40.000. So, we have a long way to go! Please consider contributing to the project by sending you tax deductible check to Friends of the Dwight-Derby House, C/O Cheryl O’Malley, 38 Pleasant Street, Medfield, MA. 02052. Thank you for your generosity and we hope to see you at the Dwight-Derby House on June 10th 10-4 for a tour in celebration of Medfield’s history!


The Dwight-Derby House Shoppe has many Medfield items such as note cards of historic locations, specialized coffee mugs, Dwight-Derby House wine glasses, photos on canvas and jewelry created by Cheryl O’Malley.


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They are works of art that will complement your home and life!


DDH Wine Glass


Dwight Derby House by Cheryl O'Malley

Colonial History in the Heart of Medfield The Dwight-Derby House is a wonderful example of a mid-century 1700s home, resting in a setting that has not been altered much by the ravages of time. The old meetinghouse still stands in its original location and a mill pond connecting both of these historically significant properties still fills. It is as if time has stood still to create this picturesque scene straight from the 1700s. This house was named for its two long-term families who lived amongst its walls – the Dwights, who were the original family, and the Derbys, who later occupied the house. GeorgeHoratioDerby2 In 1996, the house was up for sale. It was not in the best of condition and the wrecking ball was looming. A grass roots group formed to save the house.  They gathered information on the house and presented their findings to the town of Medfield. As a result of these efforts, the Dwight-Derby House was purchased by the town of Medfield by an almost unanimous vote of its townspeople.

                                                                              Captain George Horatio Derby

                                                                                     West Point Academy


Dwight-Derby House Sign

IMG_0473 The sign at the Dwight-Derby House’s is now the gateway to Frairy Street and welcomes you to the neighborhood. Several years ago, an old wide board was discovered in the barn of the Dwight-Derby House. Thoughts immediately turned toward using it in conjunction with the house and consensus determined that a sign was an appropriate use for the board. Research was conducted into the design of old-style signs that would complement the Dwight-Derby House and property.  A tavern sign came to mind.  After perusing many published works The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House, incorporated in 1998, decided a tavern sign would be suitable. A local artist, Cheryl O’Malley, took on the design concept and incorporated several historical elements of the Dwight-Derby House into its design. After several layout reviews it was approved and the design implemented. The sign carries the name of the house which was determined when The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House were incorporated and displays the names of the two early and long-standing families the Dwights and the Derbys each of which spent nearly a hundred and fifty years within its walls. The medallion at the top center is a replica of the “Dwight Holland Platter” which the Dwight family had crafted to commemorate their trip to the new world. It is a Delft platter with an early 1600s tulip design. Timothy Dwight was one of Medfield’s first thirteen settlers and in 1651 built the first structure that stood on this property. His son and grandson later adapted and built additions to the old structure to accommodate their families. Timothy’s son, John, constructed the addition to the right of the front door which was built in 1699. This is the date seen at the center bottom of the sign. This does not mean the original structure does not exist in the center core of the structure, but this early structure cannot be accessed for scientific testing without damaging the historic fabric of the house.  1699 is the earliest date that can be safely claimed. Grandson, Seth, was responsible for today’s appearance of the house with his update in 1760. In the middle of the sign is a copy of George Horatio Derby’s self-sketch at his honeymoon cottage in 1853. Captain George Horatio Derby was a topographical engineer for the U. S. Army, served in the Mexican-American War where his report was instrumental in winning that war, mapped out much of the territory west of the Mississippi and was America’s first satirical writer. He spent his childhood in Medfield and lived in the Dwight-Derby House most of his young life. This sign was installed and viewed for the first time on Medfield Day, September 19, 2015. As you pass by the Dwight-Derby House, please stop for a moment to enjoy the sense of history, the stories behind the design and the essence of Medfield this sign represents. ______________________________________________________

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