Last week, in conjunction with the second grade social studies unit on Brookfield's history, (HHES) welcomed Bob Brown, Brookfield's town historian, to visit with second grade students and share his extensive knowledge of Brookfield's past. Brown works at the on Whisconier Road, maintaining the artifacts that are housed there and keeping Brookfield's history alive.
During his visit, Brown presented a wonderful slide show that allowed students to imagine in comparison to their lives today. The students recognized famous landmarks in our town including the Four Corners, the Ironworks area of Brookfield, and the Lillinonah Bridge. Brown also shared many interesting facts about Brookfield and Huckleberry Hill School.
Students learned that Brookfield was not always its own community; land was given by Newtown, Danbury and New Milford to form our town back in 1788. They also learned that our town was named after the very popular minister of the , Reverend Thomas Brooks and that Candlewood Lake was flooded to form the lake as we know it. The students were amazed to learn that houses were moved to form this beautiful body of water where we enjoy swimming and boating today.
If your child is interested in learning more about Brookfield, the museum is open every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. While there, your child can ring a special bell or learn what it was like to be a student 100 years ago.
Check out the museum’s website or call 203-840-8140 to learn more about our town’s history. We hope your child enjoyed learning all about our community. Please be sure to ask your child all about it!