ABOUT NORTH BROOKFIELD
Worcester County, central Massachusetts, bordered by West Brookfield on the
west, New Braintree and Oakham on the north, Brookfield and East Brookfield on
the south. Approximately 25 miles from Worcester, approximately 55 miles
2012 Census figure: 4626
TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESS
State Route 9 runs
east and west adjacent to North Brookfield, and State Route 67 and 148 run north
and south through the center of town.
Municipal Airport is easily accessible to the east.
Both Interstate 90
(Massachusetts Turnpike) and Interstate 84 are accessible in Sturbridge,
approximately 15 miles to the south.
here to view a map of North Brookfield from
21.1 square miles, 12,303 acres, 70.35 miles of paved road and 12 miles of dirt
TYPE OF GOVERNMENT
Open Town Meeting with a three member Board of Selectmen.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION AS A VOTER
Must be 18 years of age, American born or a fully naturalized citizen, and a
resident of North Brookfield. Register in Town Clerk's office at the Town House,
before elections and town meetings on dates announced by the
Absentee Voting for all elections.
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING & ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION
The Annual Town Election is held on the first
Monday In May of each year and the Annual Town Meeting is held the first Friday
following the first Monday in May of each year.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Town of North Brookfield, situated in Worcester County, has a very varied
history with many distinguished residents. The town had rich agricultural lands
which were profitably farmed by early settlers, but developed a vigorous
industrial economy as well, primarily in the shoe manufacturing and rubber
Rufus Putnam, one of George Washington's chief
engineers during the Revolution, served his
apprenticeship in the town as a millwright at the Matthews Fulling Mills from
1754 to 1757. The Matthews Mills were themselves a tribute to 18th century
engineering, since they included several canals and tunnels which made the
natural glacial kettle holes in the area part of a mill ponding complex for the
The town avoided the deadly smallpox epidemics of
the 1770's by inoculating over 200 people with weakened smallpox virus. People
came from as far away as Worcester to receive the inoculations of the
experimental vaccine from North Attleborough physicians, Dr. Thomas and Dr.
Kittridge, and then to convalesce through a mild form of the disease in small
hospitals the town built on the outskirts of the community.
Along with its neighboring town, North Brookfield
sent 150 Minutemen to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. But they also
demonstrated against the government they had helped create when
residents of North Brookfield were involved in Shays Rebellion in 1780, holding
meetings in town and hiding their weapons at Ayre's Tavern, one of the oldest
buildings in town.
Nineteenth century American poet William
Cullen Bryant, lived in North Brookfield when
he prepared for college with his uncle, the minister in town for 64 years. Bates
Observatory was given to the town in the 1890's and on a clear day, townspeople
say, you can see all the way to Boston. George M. Cohan, actor, producer and
playwright, was a frequent visitor to town when he came to stay with his
grandparents. In the summer of 1934 both Cohan and
Connie Mack, another former resident, were honored by the town. The stage of the
present Town House was the site of a performance of "Ah, Wilderness," with the
original New York cast directed by Cohan, and the Philadelphia Athletics played
an exhibition baseball game in town with the Quabaug Rubber company team, who
defeated them, townspeople are quick
Approximately 500 children in grades K-6 attend North Brookfield Elementary
School and about 300 students in 7th - 12th grades attend North
Brookfield High School. Please visit the schools page
for detailed information.
The Haston Free Public Library is on Main Street. Please visit the
library page for more details.
Brookfield and East Brookfield share the town beach at Lake Lashaway. Activities
at the lake include fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, skating and hockey.
Horse Pond and Doane Pond are places for fishing, nature observing, and walking.
The Five Mile River travels north and south along the eastern part of North
Brookfield. It has been cited by the Massachusetts Watershed Coalition as a good
example of how wetlands provide natural flood protection. The Town Common has
areas for the public to use the swing sets, and to play baseball and basketball.
information can be found at the Parks And Recreation