Richard’s 150 trolley rides

Richard DeSorgher Concludes 25 Years of Medfield History Day Tours Saturday

On Saturday, Mashpee resident, Richard DeSorgher, concluded his 150th trolley tour lecture about Medfield history, delivered six a day, once a year in June, over twenty-five years, mainly from the front of a swaying trolley.

This past Saturday, the Medfield History Day sponsor, MEMO, hired a school bus to satisfy the large demand for seats on the final day of tours. Richard delivered a jam packed, non-stop lecture that covered parts of all 400 years of Medfield’s existence, from the Peak House dating to 1713, to the Hennery once having more chickens than anywhere else in Massachusetts, to George Innes sketching by the river and painting in the barn he rented on Main Street for five years the paintings that now hang in the country’s the foremost museums (MFA, MMA), all illustrated by over 40 photos in the Hometown Weekly supplement.

The Town of Medfield celebrated the end of an era with this proclamation that Mike Sullivan authored to celebrate the last of Richard’s historic trolley tours, and MEMO presented Richard with one of the miniature Medfield Town Clocks made by Electric Time Company, Inc. of Medfield :



Whereas, Twenty-five years ago the Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization (MEMO) initiated an annual Medfield History Day to showcase the unique history, architecture and landscapes of the Town, and

Whereas,  Countless residents and visitors to the Town have boarded the trolley to travel  the Town’s highways and byways,  soaking up the culture and beauty that is the one and only Medfield, and

Whereas, a wide variety of themes have been developed to give new insights and perspectives, keeping the History Day tours fresh and interesting; topics ranging from First Period Homes, Houses that had been moved, Medfield State Hospital Medfield’s Greatest Events, Most Historic and Most Tragic, Homes of Painters and Musicians, Norfolk Hunt, and Landscapes, and

Whereas, Medfield History Day could not have succeeded without the creativity, knowledge and enthusiasm of the Tours’ host and narrator, Richard P. DeSorgher, whose perspective, good-natured showmanship and ability to engage Tour guests always made for an informative, yet fun-filled event, and

Whereas, Richard P. Desorgher and his wife Julia are relocating to Cape Cod to begin a new and exciting phase of their lives,

Therefore, We, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Medfield, on  the 25th Anniversary of Medfield History Day, and on behalf of MEMO and  the Citizens of Medfield, do extend our deepest appreciation to Richard P. DeSorgher for his hard work making Medfield History Day a memorable event on the Town’s Calendar and wish him the best of everything as he takes leave of his beloved Medfield and begins the rest of his life’s journey. We’ll miss you Richard.

Issued on the 10th Day of June, in the Year of Our Lord, 2017 at Medfield in the County of Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Osler L. Peterson, Chairman

Michael T. Marcucci, Clerk

Gustave Murby, Third Member

Board of Selectmen


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