The Dwight-Derby House

Dwight-Derby House winter

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

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 www.dwightderbyhouse.org .  Many pieces created with Medfield in mind. Mark your calendars and don’t miss a wonderful Holiday experience!

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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 cheryl.omalley@verizon.net or call 508-359-7264. All ticket proceeds will benefit the restoration and preservation of the Dwight-Derby House.

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Dwight-Derby House               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 DwightDerbyHouseMedfield@gmail.com. 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 cheryl.omalley@verizon.net 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

Contact:

  • Email: Cheryl O’Malley@verizon.net
  • 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 cheryl.omalley@verizon.net ________________________________________________

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!

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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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Historic Mug

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

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DDH Wine Glass

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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

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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. http://dwightderbyhouse.org/about-us/ 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.  http://dwightderbyhouse.org/museum/holland-platter/ 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. http://dwightderbyhouse.org/families/dwight-family/  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.  http://dwightderbyhouse.org/families/derby-family/ 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. ______________________________________________________

Supporters of the Dwight-Derby House Butler’s Pantry Project

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