Brookfield

This little village was named “one of the most picturesque four corners in all New England” by Explorer’s Guide Vermont. You’ll immediately see why when you arrive at the center of Brookfield, perched on the shores of Sunset Lake. Enjoy a drive across a unique wooden floating bridge. It is one of only two in the United States, originally built to float on tarred wooden barrels. Today, the Lake is one of the best spots around for fishing and swimming, and it is the site of one of New England’s last authentic winter ice harvests. Brookfield is also the only town in Vermont whose main street is a dirt road, and it is home to the oldest continuously operating library in Vermont. Brookfield is filled with historic homes and buildings and a local history museum. Allis State Park is also nearby, with lovely trails, camping, and a lookout tower offering views to the White Mountains and some of Vermont’s tallest peaks. Brookfield is also developing a reputation as one of the most forward-looking communities for local foods and agriculture. Local farms and businesses formed the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative, dedicated to locally grown food and sustainable agriculture. Also, the Brookfield Community Partnership is renovating the 100 –year-old Old Town Hall as a community center that holds events and is available to rent. Visit, stay or move in – once you get a taste of Brookfield, you won’t want to leave.
Claim to Fame: 
The Floating Bridge, one of only two in United States
Quick Facts
Population: 
1292
Size: 
41.70 square miles
Year Established: 
2017
Attractions: 
Doing a cannonball off the Floating Bridge – a truly unique piece of American history, and one of the best spots for swimming and fishing in the White River Valley.
Lifting a block of ice out of Sunset Lake the old fashioned way during Brookfield’s annual Ice Harvest Festival, held the last Saturday in January

Lifting a block of ice out of Sunset Lake the old fashioned way during Brookfield’s annual Ice Harvest Festival, held the last Saturday in January

Visiting the Marvin Newton House, a historic home that holds the Brookfield Historical Society’s collections.  Photo: Brookfield Historical Society

Visiting the Marvin Newton House, a historic home that holds the Brookfield Historical Society’s collections. Photo: Brookfield Historical Society

Checking out the views from the lookout tower at Allis State Park. Visit on a clear day and you can see the tallest peaks throughout New England and the Adirondacks.  Photo: D. Sheehan

Checking out the views from the lookout tower at Allis State Park. Visit on a clear day and you can see the tallest peaks throughout New England and the Adirondacks. Photo: D. Sheehan

Town Website: 
brookfieldvt.org
Planning Docs: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/brookfield/
Demographic Info: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/brookfield/