Area: 10.6 sq miles (27.45 km²)
Population: 23,464 (2000)
15 miles southwest of downtown Boston
Commuter rail service from Boston's South Station is provided by the MBTA with stops at Endicott and Dedham Corporate Center on its Franklin Line.
1637 Dedham's Mother Brook powered the first water-driven broad powered loom in the world. Dedham has seven public schools, and is known for the first implementation of a tax supported, free public school system, now used nationally.
Pete Hamilton, NASCAR driver.
Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, lived and worked for seven weeks during 1851 as a domestic helper in Dedham.