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During the early 1700s, Brookfield was first colonizedin an area occupied by the Pootatuck Indians. Hat,shear, and comb factories arose along the Still River,enticing settlers, who built farms, churches, and inns. In1752, land was taken from New Milford, Newtown, andDanbury to form the Parish of Newbury. By 1788, the townwas incorporated as Brookfield in honor of the area's firstordained pastor, Rev. Thomas Brooks.Thetown quickly outgrew its horse-and-buggy pathsand one-room schoolhouses. In 1927, CandlewoodLake was born out of area farmland, flooded to formthe largest man-made lake in Connecticut. Brookfielddepicts the settlement of the area and highlights notablenatives, including Lucia Ruggles Holman, the firstAmerican woman to circumnavigate the globe, andSarah Jane Campbell, P.T. Barnum's famous fat lady.
ISBN: 9780738501161
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
For 30 years, the Brookfield Historical Society has been collecting and preserving photographs of historic Brookfield. Author and Municipal Historian Marilyn S. Whittlesey draws from her lifetime involvement with local history to paint a delightful and informative picture of Brookfield through the ages.
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