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Names quirky and quaint

Not many people know that the town of Whitman was once known as “Little Comfort.” Or that the first residents of Dedham wanted to name

their community “Contentment” (which didn’t happen, but that’s why the word ended up on the town seal). Or that Norwood was almost called Queertown (you won’t find any mention of that on the town seal).

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