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Living In: Brookfield


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The town of Brookfield was established in 1788 in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. The area was first settled in 1710 by several colonial founders. The area was originally inhabited by the Pootatuck and Wyantenuck Native Americans. Located along the Still River, mills were lined up along the waterfront, starting as early as 1732. For years, the town was a center of manufacturing, with numerous mill and factories in the Iron Works District. They produced everything from paper, to hats, to cotton, to knives, to lumber and much more. Some of the factory and mill buildings survive today, having been transformed into other purposes. The residents living in Brookfield cherish them for their history, as well as contemporary uses. Over the years, as industries have come and gone, the town has reinvented itself. Since the 1980's, the area has become a major shopping destination, along with residential growth, particularly in the area around Candlewood Lake. The Brookfield Center Historic District, located at what was formerly the town center, has 67 buildings preserved. They represent a variety of architectural styles from the 18th to the 20th century, showing the growth and change of the town at various stages in it's history. The modern town center is now at Brookfield Four Corners, a shopping destination. A future train station is planned for Four Corners. The town is bordered by the two largest lakes in Connecticut. Candlewood Lake and Lake Lillinonah both offer leisure activities, including boating and fishing. The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors numerous events and activities throughout the year. These include outdoor movies, concerts in the park, sports camps for kids, adult lessons in various sports (tennis, golf, yoga, fitness art classes for adults and children, adult continuing education courses and classes, field trips and much more. Outdoor aficionados will enjoy the parks, lakes, hiking and biking trails available to residents. There's also a public golf course, and clay tennis courts. For swimmers (or those just looking to beat the heat) beach passes are available. And as we noted before, boating and fishing are popular activities. Water skiing, tubing, boarding, kayaking, canoeing and diving are all enjoyed by locals and visitors alike to the lakes.

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  • Brookfield High School
  • Center Elementary School
  • Saint Josephs School

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