Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Dover, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Dover.
Number of Households: 1,891
ZIP Code: 02030
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Crime rates in Dover are consistently low. A relatively safe town, the town of Dover is safer than a staggering 90% of the towns and cities in the United States. On the average, 1.73 crimes occur for every 100,000 people in Dover; an astonishing low statistic. Specifically, Dover's violent crime rate is lower than the national average by over 90%. Overall, you have a 1 in 159 chance of falling victim to a crime in Dover.
One of the smallest towns in Norfolk County, Dover was settled more than three hundred years ago in 1640. A century would pass before the sleepy city of Dover managed to be established. Dover was established officially under the name of the Springfield Parish of Dedham in 1748.
Dover took a long route towards becoming the town of Dover as we know it today. It was initially incorporated under state law as the District of Dedham in 1784. Around five decades later in 1836, Dover was officially incorporated as a town.
Like most of the communities in Massachusetts, Dover is blessed with fertile land and favorable weather conditions. Hence, farming is a mainstay in the community of Dover. In the early years of its settlement, many households engaged in farming commercially.
However, other commercial industries cropped up in the economic landscape of Dover. The lumbering industry grew by leaps and bounds to support the shipbuilding business in other communities. The Dover Union Iron Mill was an industrial revolution at the time. Dover used hydropower to run machinery that was used to manufacture iron bars.
Today, Dover's farming history is still apparent in the rural quality that the town possesses. Open pasture land, maple, oak and birch trees dot the scenic landscape of Dover.
Established over two hundred and fifty years ago, Dover has quite a number of historical attractions. One of them is the Sawin Building. The Sawin Building was dedicated in 1907 by the Dover Historical Society. Town beneficiaries Benjamin and Eudora Sawin contributed heavily to the erection of the famous building. In the early years following its completion, it was the setting for town meetings and was refurbished in the mid-sixties. The Sawin museum which is named after the town's beneficiaries is located in Dover center. The Sawin museum contains tons of Dover artifacts, photographs, books, relics, and memorabilia.
The Benjamin Caryl House is another favorite haunt of tourists. A national historic site, research has shown that the Benjamin Caryl House was built in the year 1777 give or take a few years. The house was initially occupied by the first minister of Springfield Parish in Reverend Benjamin Caryl.
Dover is often lauded for its scenery, and it doesn't disappoint with the Elm Bank Horticulture Centre. Occupying over 35 acres of Elm Bank Reservation, it is home to many distinct gardens. The Weezie's Garden is a series of spiraling gardens that affords young visitors an avenue to plant and water the elements of the garden. The New England Trail Garden is the location for many of the efforts of major breeding companies. The garden holds a variety of plants competing for the All-America Selections awards.
The Elm Bank Horticulture Centre is also home to the Italianate Garden Encino which was recently restored in 1926 as well as other display gardens made possible through the collaborative display efforts of the American Rhododendron Society, the Noanett Garden Club, and the Herb Society of America (New England Chapter).
Author, professor, and founder of Net Impact, Mark Albion, has roots in Dover. A town of intellectuals, Ian Bowles and his family currently reside in Dover. Ian Bowles was the former Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs; he is an accomplished businessman and environmentalist.
More historically, Captain Joseph Francis Enright had ties to Dover. Captain Enright is known as the navy man behind the sinking of the Japanese aircraft carrier, Shinano. This was the most crucial submarine sinking of the second world war. The late Captain Enright was a recipient of awards such as the Navy Presidential Unit
Citation with one bronze service star and the American Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star.
Nine times NBA all-star and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins also has ties to Dover. Dominique Wilkins played mostly for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA and was known for his wildly impressive dunking styles.