A Modern Town With Historic Roots
A thriving community for most of its history with stagecoach stops, railroad stations, taverns, hotels, mills, factories, farms, and shops, Brookfield today is one of the fastest growing communities in the Greater New Milford area. Notwithstanding its progressive development in recent years, the town has remarkably managed to maintain its small- town friendliness and rural character. Much of Brookfield’s quality of life is attributable to the varying styles of homes, convenience, and abundance of shopping facilities, along with its wealth of natural resources, particularly Candlewood Lake.
The land that comprises the geographical area of Brookfield belonged to the towns of Danbury, Newtown, and New Milford. In 1754 the parish of Newbury was incorporated by decree of the General Assembly with boundaries and are similar to those of the town as it is today.
In 1788 the Parish of Newbury was incorporated as the Town of Brookfield, so named for the first pastor of the Congregational Church, the Rev. Thomas Brooks, reads one of the many historical plaques in the Town of Brookfield.
The community is rich in history and historical homes, some dating back to Colonial times. Antique public treasures are also located in Brookfield. The state’s only completely wooden school is found here; the Center Elementary School, built in 1938. The Brookfield Historical Society, also a Brookfield treasure, has found a home in the former Town Hall, and boasts a wonderful collection of information about Brookfield’s past.
Brookfield’s Federal Road area has been rapidly developing with commercial outlets. New shopping and professional buildings are continually adding to Brookfield’s popularity.
The Brookfield Craft Center, located on Route 25, is a favorite place for residents and tourists alike to visit. The landmark has been housed in a historic mill for more than 50 years. The center provides an ever-changing selection of classes and programs for the public, and also presents ongoing exhibits at its Lynn Tendler Bignell Exhibition Gallery.
Additionally, the natural beauty of the town adds to Brookfield’s appeal. Bordered on the west by Candlewood Lake, on the east by Lake Lillinonah, and with the Still River running through it.