- The purpose of the program is to promote awareness and pride in Wrentham and its' past and to educate residents and visitors about houses, buildings, and locations of historical interest or importance.
- The Sweat Fund pays for the plaques and the town owns the plaques.
- There are almost 100 different homes and sites that have been awarded plaques.
- The plaque with the oldest established date is 1673, and belongs to the Wrentham Center Cemetary.
- The oldest plaqued home is dated 1680.
- There are three churches and three cemeteries that have plaques.
Criteria for Homes or Buildings to Receive a Plaque
- The home or building is at least 100 years old
- An event of historical interest occurred at that location
- Was the residence of an individual of historical significance
Plaque Application Process
- Perform a title search at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Dedham, or on their website. Confirm the year built and the original owner. If you need help with the process, please contact the Historical Commission.
- Fill out the plaque agreement form, and attach a photo of the home or building.
- The Commission will review the application and notify the applicant of their decision.
- The Commission will order the plaque, and arrange for pick up or delivery.
- Each plaque will come with brass screws, which are best for attaching and preserving the plaque.
- The homeowner is responsible for installing the plaque on the home. The plaque must be installed on a side of the house facing a public way. The exact placement is left to the homeowner.
- The plaque is owned by the town and remains with the property if the property is sold. The Commission will replace the plaque if it is damaged or worn.