Located in Northern Fairfield County and bordered by Connecticut’s two largest lakes, Brookfield sits in the southern foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Brookfield is just northeast of Danbury and northwest of Newtown and has a population of about 16,500. In 2003, Brookfield was ranked No. 26 in a Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live list of 50 of America’s best small towns.
Brookfield offers excellent schools, a vibrant commercial district and low taxes in relation to surrounding towns. With Candlewood Lake to the east and Lake Lillinonah to the west, residents enjoy beautiful scenery and ample opportunities for recreation.
Brookfield was first settled in 1710 as the Parish of Newbury. The town of Brookfield was officially established in 1788, named after the minister of the parish Congregational church, Reverend Thomas Brooks.
Along the Still River, mills were operated as early as 1732 in the areas that later became know as the Iron Works District. The grist mill still stands today and houses the Brookfield Craft Center which teaches the skills of craftsmanship and offers courses and workshops to the general public. Brookfields also has a Theatre for the Arts which has existed since 1957.
The Brookfield public school district includes two elementary schools (Huckleberry Hill and Center School), Whisconier Middle School and Brookfield High School. St. Joseph is a parochial school in town.
Students can also attend the global-themed magnet school in Danbury, Connecticut. Students to this school are also accepted from Redding, New Milford, Newtown, and other regional communities.
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