Category Archives: Norfolk Hunt Club

Hunt Club history lecture next Monday

This from Gil Rodgers of the Norfolk Hunt Club –

David Lewis, Jr., ex-MFH, to Speak on the History of the Norfolk Hunt Club

The featured speaker at the Medfield Historical Society meeting on Monday, November 3, 2014 will be David W. Lewis, Jr. , ex-Master of the Fox Hounds (MFH) (1973 – 1980) and member of the Norfolk Hunt Club.   The narrated slide presentation will be held in the basement of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 North Street, Medfield beginning at 7:30 PM.

David is the editor of the definitive book on the history of Norfolk Hunt Club, “The Norfolk Hunt: One Hundred Years of Sport,” 1995. He will talk about the history of (drag) fox hunting with the Norfolk Hunt Club since its origins in 1895 interjecting entertaining stories about some of its prominent members — such as Henry Vaughn (MFH) and Miss Amelia Peabody, and notable events of the Club over the last 100 years — such as annual Farmer’s Day celebration and the traditional Thanksgiving Day hunt.

This is an opportunity to learn first-hand about a tradition that is emblematic of the rich and distinctive culture of Medfield, Dover, Sherborn, and surrounding towns.

Thanksgiving morning hunt

One of the fun Thanksgiving Day morning events in town is the Norfolk Hunt Club’s drag hunt.  This is one of the Norfolk Hunt Club’s major events of the year with as many as 75 – 100 horses and riders, and a great time to witness the hunt in full gala and pageantry.

The “hunt” will begin at the Steeplechase Field in Medfield (240 North Street) at 9:00 AM.   Several hundred people watch and celebrate the start of this hunt there.   Many people then drive over to the large field atop the sledding hill and across from the Medfield State Hospital where the riders and hounds take a break.

From there the hunt usually rides out through the fields behind the Medfield State Hospital into Dover, eventually circling back on trails through the woods to the North Street starting point.

Movie on MSH

Interesting and well done short movie about the Medfield State Hospital from the 1960’s, I think.  Also touches on the Norfolk Hunt Club.  Here’s the description –

“Mental Illness and America’s Abbey on the Hill,” a 35 minute film about the history of Medfield State Hospital, beautifully filmed, produced and directed by Dr. Carl Edwards. The film describes the close relationship that has lasted for 115 years between the State Hospital and the Norfolk Hunt Club.