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Brookfield

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Brookfield
State:
Connecticut
County:
Fairfield County
Probate District:
44
Year Established:
1788
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Selectmen - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Brookfield Town Hall
100 Pocono Road
P.O. Box 5106
Brookfield, CT 06804 Town Clerk
(203) 775-7313
Research hours - 8:30 -4:30 M-F
Searcher must request volumes
Web Address:
www.brookfield.org/

History Brief:
Brookfield lies on land acquired from the Pootatuck Indians by men from Stratford on 25 April 1671. The area was called Pocono after the local Sachem. It 1754 it was organized as Newberry Parish including land from Danbury, New Milford and Newtown. Brookfield became a town in 1788. Town Birth records begin 1854.
Marriage records begin 1825. Death records begin 1856. Barbour collection records cover 1788-1852.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Newbury Parish
 
Settled From (3)
Town Name:Danbury

Town Name:New Milford

Town Name:Newton
 
Population (9)
Year:1790
Population:1018

Year:1830
Population:1255

Year:1850
Population:1359

Year:1910
Population:1101

Year:1920
Population:896

Year:1930
Population:926

Year:1940
Population:1345

Year:1950
Population:1683

Year:2000
Population:15664
 
Founding Families (4)
Surname:Hawley

Surname:Merwin

Surname:Northrop

Surname:Ruggles
 
Cemeteries (11)
Name:Central Cemetery
Location:Danbury Road

Name:Congregational Church Memorial Garden
Location:Behind the church & next to the outdoor Chapel, on Whisconier Rd.- Junctions of Route 25 & 133
Website:same as the church

Name:Gallows Hill Cemetery
Location:Near Milford Town line

Name:Huckleberry Hill Cemetery-- the stones moved to Central Cem., there is a small park on this location
Location:on Old State Rd & the junction of Federal Rd.

Name:Laurel Hill Cemetery
Location:Laurel Hill Road

Name:Merwin's Brook Cemetery
Location:On the Gurski Open Space Property

Name:Northrop Cemetery
Location:Near William Blackman's Property

Name:Old South Cemetery
Location:Sunset Hill Road

Name:Prince of Peace Cemetery
Location:Behind Prince of Peace Luteran Church on route 133
Website:same as church

Name:St. Paul's Memorial Garden
Location:Behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Whisconier Rd
Website:same as the church

Name:United Jewish Cemetery
Location:Gray's Bridge Road, Brookfield CT
 
Churches (8)
Name:Congregational Church of Brookfield (203) 775-1259
Location:160 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.uccb.org

Name:First Assembly of God (203) 775-5191
Location:133 Junction Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.brookfieldfirst.org

Name:Newbury Congregational Church (203) 775-1392
Location:126 Tower Road, Brookfield, CT 06804

Name:Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (203) 775-9070
Location:119 Junction Road, P.O. Box 5184, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.princeofpeaebrookfield.org

Name:St. Joseph R C Parish (203) 775-1035
Location:163 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.saintjosephchurchbrookfield.org

Name:St. Marguerite Bourgeoys R C Church (203) 775-5117
Location:138 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.stmarguerite.org

Name:St. Paul's Episcopal Chrch (203) 775-9587
Location:174 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.saintpaulsbrookfield.com

Name:Valley Presbyterian Church (203) 775-2624
Location:21 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.danbury.org/npc/
 
Monuments (3)
Name:Memorial Bench in honor of Dennis G. Taylor
Description:There is a bench and flag pole surrounded by a garden
Location:Front lawn of the Brookfield Public Library
Type:Military

Name:Pathway, Freedom and Spirit
Description:3 horses in sculpture. Pathwas was the 1st to be built in Sept 2002. Freedom was next and spirit was the last was built in the Fall of 2005. The Brookfield Commission on the Arts held a contest and choose the horses as most appropriate for the town.
Location:Entrance to Town Hall Property on Pocono Road.
Type:Other
Artist/Sculptor:Peter Busby of Cornwall Bridge of CT

Name:Veterans Monument to honor Vetarans of all wars
Description:Located at the entrace to Williams Park. Surrounded by Memorial Bricks with names of Vererns . Also honored here are Francis A. Azzarito and Christopher G. Cocks who were both killed serving in the military. There is also a plaque honoring all those killed on Sept 11, 2001.
Location:Entrance to Williams Park, Whisconier Road
Type:Military
Dedication Date:11/1992
 
Communities (12)
Name:Brookfield Junction

Name:Candlewood Lake

Name:Candlewood Shores

Name:East Iron Works

Name:Huckleberry Hill

Name:Iron Works

Name:Long Meadwo Hill

Name:Obtuse

Name:Pokono Ridge

Name:Prospect Hill

Name:West Iron Works

Name:Whisconier
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (6)
Name:Constantien Fabian, invented a way to make hats without mercury
Type:Historic

Name:Lucia Ruggles Holman,1st American Woman to circumnavigate the globe, 1st of missionaries Sandwich
Type:Historic

Name:M. Jodi Rell (1946-) Governor of the state of Connecticut
Type:Contemporary

Name:Margaret Sullivan, actress
Type:Contemporary

Name:Samuel Ruggles, on the 1st boat of missionaries to the Sandwich Islands with sister Lucia
Type:Historic

Name:Sarah Jane Campbell Pishon -- Fat Lady for PT Barnum's Great American Museum
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (1)
Name:News-Times (203) 744-5100
Type:Contemporary
Location:333 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Website:www.newstimes.com
 
Schools (4)
Name:Brookfield High School 9-12 (203) 775-7725
Type:High School
Location:45 Long Meadow Hill Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.brookfield.k12.ct.us/

Name:Center Elementary School Pk-1 (203) 775-7650
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:8 Obtuse Hill Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.brookfield.k12.ct.us/

Name:Huckleberry Hill Elementary School 2-4 (203) 775-7675
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:100 Candlewood Lake Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.brookfield.k12.ct.us/

Name:Whisconier Middle School 5-8 (203) 775-7710
Type:Middle School
Location:17 West Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.brookfield.k12.ct.us/
 
Libraries (1)
Name:The Brookfield Library (203) 775-6241
Type:Current
Location:182 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT 06804
Website:www.brookfieldlibrary.org/
 
Published Histories (13)
Name:A Church For All Seasons
Author:Marilyn S. Whittlesey
Date Published:2007
Publisher:Richard Whittlesey Publishing
Description:History of the Congregational Church of Brookfield CT on its 250th anniversary. Besides the written history of the church, it contains many photographs

Name:A Handbook of Cemeteries, Brookfield CT
Author:Marilyn S. Whittlesey, Jack Scully and Sandy Dimke
Date Published:1986
Publisher:Old South Cemetery Association
Description:This is a compliation of records of the cemeteries of Brookfield including portions of New Milford (Gallows Hill Cemetery) and Newtown (Land's End Cemetery). The only cemetery not included is the Untied Jewish Cemetery on Gray's Bridge Road.

Name:A Look Back Brookfield CT
Author:Marilyn Whittlesey and Sandy Dimke
Date Published:1988
Publisher:Heritage Committee of the Brookfield CT Bicentennial Taskforce
Description:A collecction of photograhs of Brookfield. In many instance there is a recent photograph and shows a then & now photograph of an area, house, etc.

Name:A Snapshot in Time Barookfield CT
Author:Marilyn S. Whittlesey
Date Published:2006
Publisher:Richard Whittlesey Publishing
Description:The book spans the time period from the 1700s to the present with many stories and photographs of "the way it was". These were obtained from talking with those that grew up in Brookfield, diaries, photographs and early records.

Name:Annals of Brookfield Fairfield County Connecticut
Author:Emily Carrie Hawley
Date Published:1929

Name:Days of Old Remembered -- A Historical Discourse
Author:Asa C. Pierce
Date Published:1876
Publisher:Gould & Stiles
Description:The discourse was delivered in The Congregational Church on July 16th 1876 by Rev. Pierce, pastor of the church. it was reprinted by the church in 1980.
History of the Church & the town

Name:Image of America Brookfield
Author:Marilyn S. Whittlesey
Date Published:1999
Publisher:Arcadia
Description:A collection of images of Brookfield CT The photographs are from the turn of the century to abou 1940.

Name:Images of America Candlewood Lake
Author:Susan Murphy and Gary Smolen
Date Published:2005
Publisher:Acadia
Description:A photographic history of Candlewood Lake, including the written history of the lake and the towns surrounding the lake.

Name:My History Book -- Brookfield A to Z
Author:Marilyn Whittlesey
Date Published:2005
Publisher:Brookfield Lions Club gave a grant to the schools to print this book
Description:A workbook for kindergarten and first grade on the history of Brookfield. The students draw their own cover and then each letter has something to do with the history of Brookfield and the students draw a picture of that item. Such as A is for the apple orchards that grew in Brookfield.

Name:Newbury/Brookfield
Author:Emily C. Hawley
Date Published:1907
Description:Historical Sketch of the First Congregational Church of Brookfield CT and of The Town of Brookfield. It was written on the 150 history of the church.

Name:The Cemeteries of Brookfield CT
Author:Marilyn Whittlesey, Jack Scully and Carol Gurski
Date Published:2003
Publisher:Historic Cemeteries of Brookfield Association
Description:Includes all of the cemeteries in Brookfield including Gallows Hill in New Milford, Land's End in Hawleyville (Newtown) and Wood Creek Cemetery in New Fairfield. This book also contains the United Jewish Cemetery on Gray's Bridge Rd. The first book did not include this cemetery.

Name:The History of Brookfield
Author:Marilyn Whittlesey and Margaret Shirley
Publisher:Brookfield Schools
Description:This was written as a workbook to be used in the second grade class when the students of Brookfield study the history of Brookfield.

Name:The Venerable House
Author:Hermann Hagedorn
Date Published:1957
Publisher:Privately Printed
Description:The Story of the Congregational Church of Brookfield CT 1757-1957.
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
Website Address:www.brookfieldcthistory.org
 
Historic Timeline (40)
Date:08/01/1961
Description:New Fairfield was divided into two sections with part of the town on the east side of Candlewood Lake, when Candlewood Lake was built. On this date Candlewood Shores, Hickory Hills, Brookfield town Beach, Candlewood Orchards, and Arrowhead point, all originally part of New Fairfield, offically became part of Brookfield.

Date:1684
Description:Danbury was settled


Date:1707
Description:New Milford was settled

Date:1710
Description:Newtown was settled

Date:1732
Description:Iron Works District settled

Date:1745
Description:- First bridge was built at the Iron Works.
- Land's End Cemetery was established

Date:1748
Description:First grist mill

Date:1754
Description:Newbury Parish was settled

Date:1755
Description:The Ecclesiastical Society of Newbury Parish accepts the site of the first meeting house.

Date:1756
Description:- Parish of Newbury voted to hold school for six months per year.
- Voted to lay a tax on the inhabitants to cover cost of the meetinghouse.

Date:1761
Description:Four School districts - Iron Works, Whisconier, Pocono, and Obtuse

Date:1776
Description:- On July 4th the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
- Earliest burial in the Huckleberry Hill Cemetery

Date:1777
Description:Central Cemetery was established

Date:1778
Description:Earliest burial in the Merwin Brook Cemetery

Date:1781
Description:- First Physician in town, Dr. Preserve Wood.
- English General Cornwallis surrendered to the combined American and French forces effectively ending the American War of Independence.

Date:1783
Description:A peace treaty was formally signed in Paris on Sept. 3th, granting Americans unconditiional independence.

Date:1785
Description:The Episcopalian Church was established

Date:1788
Description:- The Parish of Newbury became the Town of Brookfield.
- The 1st town meeting was held on June 9th.

Date:1789
Description:- George Washington inaugurated as the first President of the United States.
- The Great Flu Epidemic.

Date:1792
Description:Brookfield Town Singing School Started

Date:1794
Description:Old South Cemetery was established.

Date:1796
Description:The Brookfield Town House was completed.

Date:1801
Description:The first Post Office was established

Date:1808
Description:Thre more school added Long Meadow, Sound Swamp, and South Mountain.

Date:1837
Description:Methodist Church established.

Date:1845
Description:Laurel Hill Cemetery established.

Date:1846
Description:Baptish Church established in the Iron Works District.

Date:1854
Description:Second Meeting House of the Congregational Church was dedicated.

Date:1867
Description:Catholic Parish established.

Date:1868
Description:- Dutch Reform Church Established.
- Henry Hawley opened a hat factory.

Date:1869
Description:Second Post Office established.

Date:1875
Description:A new Brookfield Town House was built and called The Town Hall.

Date:1876
Description:General Custer Chose the Lttle Big Horn to make his Last Stand

Date:1880
Description:Present Stone Bridge on Route 25 was built.

Date:1881
Description:Red Cross organized under Clara Barton.

Date:1885
Description:Statue of Liberty dedicated.

Date:1888
Description:Brookfield celebrates it's 100th birthday.

Date:1915
Description:Electricity comes to Brookfield Center.

Date:1926
Description:Candlewood Lake created

Date:1951
Description:First town library established
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Peter N. Thompson
Contact Data:5 Johns Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
or
The Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
165 Whisconier Road
P.O. Box 5231
Brookfield, CT 06804
(203) 740-8140
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1765 - Present
Marriage:1764 - Present
Death:1792 - Present
 





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