by Richard Heath

Centre Street was laid out to run from Elder Heath’s Lane (now the part of Roxbury Street north of the meetinghouse) all the way to Dedham. Originally it was called the Dedham road. In 1825 it was renamed Centre Street. It was about 7 miles in length and was “the great artery connecting the northern and southern parts of the town, so continuing until the Dedham Turnpike was constructed.” (Drake, p. 379) SOURCES:

Drake, Francis. The Town of Roxbury, Roxbury, 1878