Second Annual Brookfield Farmfest at Gurski Saturday

Farmfest returns Saturday at the Gurski Homestead on Obtuse Hill Road.

Ryan Blessey crafting wrought iron hook at Gurski Forge.
Ryan Blessey crafting wrought iron hook at Gurski Forge.
The following release was issued by Historical Society Publicity Director Gene Roberts.

The Brookfield Museum and Historical Society and Brookfield Conservation Commission are hosting the second annual Farmfest on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gurski Farmstead on Route 133.

There will be vintage tractors and trucks and antique machinery, as well as exhibits by the Historical Society, Conservation Commission and Brookfield Girl Scouts.  

Farmfest organizer Ryan Blessey, will give a hands-on blacksmithing demonstration at the restored Gurski Farmstead forge. Lorraine Ballato of Brookfield. along with others Master Gardeners will field questions from attendees at the Ask the Master Gardener booth on gardening and flower related concerns.

In addition, tours of the Merwin Brook Cemetery, Brookfield’s second oldest cemetery, situated next to the blacksmith shop, will be held.

In recent years a number of headstones at this site, buried by time, were discovered with the help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), the locations of grave markers obscured over the years were discovered and subsequently uncovered, as well as markers identifying the parameters and boundaries of the Cemetery.

Food will be available along with a bake sale. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.  

The Gurski Farmstead is located on the left side of Route 133 approximately half a mile from the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center heading in the direction of Bridgewater.
Bob McGarrah September 22, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Well done for a fledging program - rain not withstanding, the booths were well attended and the folks were helpful, friendly and well informed. Seems a few organizations working together can pull off a pretty good event. It was a shame to see the disrepair the farm buildings have fallen into, the restored Blacksmith shop was a standout exception and I found some of the other buildings showing potential. What happen over the years?How did those buildings get into such poor condition? It would seem this site could be a cornerstone for Brookfield to showcase some of our 325 year history. Located near the Hstorical Society and right on Rt.133, it seems a natural "go to" site for folks touring New Englands picturesque roads and towns like Brookfield. Good start organizers - shows what private participation can do!


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