Norwood Historic Site Offers Holiday Tours
The Norwood Historical Society takes us on a tour of the F. Holland Day House.
Sunday afternoon the Norwood Historical Society held an open house at the F. Holland Day House, showcasing the house's holiday decor - created by the society to mimic historic decorations - as well as giving tours of the house itself.
Built in 1859, the house was the home of Fred Holland Day a noted photographer, publisher, historian and philanthropist. His family was prominent in the tanning industry in the 19th century in Norwood - at that time still known as South Dedham. Day lived in the Norwood house until his death in 1933.
Day had the house renovated during the early 1890's. The house has eight fireplaces, uniquely designed rooms, second and third floor balconies overlooking a central Great Hall and oak and mahogany paneling and woodwork. Original paintwork, fabric wall coverings, carpets, period light fixtures and Day family possessions from the Norwood Historical Society's collection remain on display in the house.
Today, the F. Holland Day House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the headquarters for the Norwood Historical Society. The house is open for tours every Sunday from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. and through December will be open for the Victorian Holiday House tours.