Thanks to its severe climate and terrain, Norfolk has resisted development and stands as one of the best-preserved villages in the Northeast. Notable industrialists have been summering here for two centuries, and many enormous homesteads still exist. The striking town green, at the junction of Route 272 and U.S. 44, has a fountain designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (executed by Stanford White) at its southern corner. It stands as a memorial to Joseph Battell, who turned Norfolk into a major trading center.


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