Real Estate information on homes in the Brookfields.
About The Brookfields
The Brookfield’s are made up of 4 distinct towns approximately 20 miles east of Worcester. Those towns are named Brookfield, North Brookfield, East Brookfield and West Brookfield. First settled in 1660, most were incorporated around 1718. Like most New England towns, rich history dots the scenic rolling hills.
General Henry Knox passed through the towns, traveling on Rt. 9 with cannons taken from Fort Ticonderoga to defend Boston in 1775. General Washington also traveled through the area in 1789 The towns that comprise the Brookfields are located along the Quaboag River and some of the land around it is protected as a wildlife management area. The towns are considered quiet and rustic and boast of nice open spaces much like the Berkshires.
The 4 towns were founded starting in the 17th century mostly as an agrarian community. Each of the towns, though similar offer different outdoor environments, The 4 towns combined have several lakes and rivers. These include Quaboag Pond located mostly in Brookfield, though also touching East Brookfield, Lake Lashaway located in North and East Brookfield, and Lake Quacumquasit located in Brookfield, East Brookfield and Sturbridge. The Quabaog River begins a 25 mile long journey at Quaboag Pond in Brookfield.
With its lakes and river along with vast tracts of open land, the towns have much to offer the sportsman, nature lover and those who enjoy a rural way of life.
Brookfield belongs to the Tantasqua Regional School District which offers a junior high school, a high school, and a vocational school. East Brookfield is part of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, North Brookfield supports its own school system, and West Brookfield is part of the Quaboag District with the town of Warren Ma.
Various town events are held each year in the four communities. One of my favorites is the annual craft fair called the Apple Country Fair. There is also several summertime concert series events held on the areas town commons.
Most notably the area has a rooted history. Rufus Putnam, one of George Washington’s chief engineers during the Revolution, served his apprenticeship in North Brookfield as a millwright at the Matthews Fulling Mills from 1754 to 1757. North Brookfield also sent 150 Minutemen to the Battle of Lexington and Concord to fight during the American Revolution. Area residents also demonstrated against the government when they were involved in Shays Rebellion in 1780, by holding meetings in town, and hiding their weapons at Ayre’s Tavern, one of the oldest buildings in town.