by Chaim M. Rosenberg and the Needham Historical Society (Arcadia Press, 2012). In the mid-19th century, Knitters from the Midlands of England brought their craft to America. Many settled in Highlandville (Needham Heights), giving the village its English character and building the industries that would sustain the Needham economy into the 20th century.
Images of America: NEEDHAM
Needham's entry in the popular Arcadia Press Images of America series. Over 250 historic photos of the notable citizens, landmarks and events that shaped our town. Carol Johnson Boulris, Editor; with Henry F. Hicks, Pauline M. Attridge, and Elizabeth L. Rich (1997).
THE BAKER ESTATE, or Ridge Hill Farms
by Leslie G. Crumbaker (Revised edition, 1999)
In the 1860s, William Emerson Baker retired from his sewing machine business with a vast fortune and purchased nearly 800 acres in Needham - the famous Ridge Hill Farms. Widely regarded as America's first amusement park, Ridge Hill Farms embodied Baker's extraordinary passion for social and economic reform, experimental agriculture, bad puns and practical jokes. Illustrated with historic photos.