About Dover

Dover is located in Norfolk County, about forty minutes from downtown Boston. It is bordered by Medfield, Needham, Natick, Sherborn, Walpole and Westwood.

As a predominantly residential town, it provides a peaceful rural setting with many scenic roads. The residents of Dover strongly support the protection and acquisition of Open Space to maintain the country-like-feel. There are miles of shady trails and woods for walking, cross-country skiing, birding, and horseback riding, as well as access to the Charles River.

Town Information

Settled: 1635
Incorporated: 1836

Population: 5,589
Population Density: 360/sq mi

Land Area: 15.4 sq mi
Water Area: 0.1 sq mi

Town History

Dover's history goes back over 350 years. It was first settled around 1635 and was originally part of the Dedham Grant. Prior to its incorporation as a Town, the area was named Springfield because it was predominantly a farming community with open fields centered around the “bubbling springs�? of Trout Brook. It was incorporated as a Town in 1836.


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Dover Public Schools
Dover Parks and Rec