BHS Green Trails event rescheduled to April 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm Brookfield Congregational Church

EVENT RESCHEDULED – Given the current difficult weather conditions the Brookfield Historical Society has rescheduled the presentation of the Oral History Project about the Green Trails Inn by the RUHS Student Media Project to Sunday April 29th, same time and location (4:00 pm, Brookfield Congregational Church). We are grateful to all the program organizers for their willingness to reschedule the event considering safety needs. We have received considerable interest in folks attending the event. The full description of the event follows. See you on the 29th! For further information contact Elaine Maghni-Buck at 802-276-3025.

 

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Brookfield Captures it’s History – the Green Trails Inn

The Brookfield Historical Society and students from the RUHS Student Media Project will present a program about the historic Green Trails Inn of Brookfield on Sunday, April 29th (rescheduled from April 15th) at Brookfield’s First Congregational Church, 49 North Ridge Road.

The project documents the wonderful and entertaining history about the Inn via the personal recollections of Brookfield’s own Dorcas Wright who worked and cooked at the Inn from 1939-1945, and later 1966-1970. The Green Trails Inn started out as a summer riding camp in 1932 by Jesse Fiske of Brookfield and a Rutgers University professor( and great aunt of Dorcas) , and grew to become a popular and busy year-round destination by “city folk” for riding the barn’s 30 horses, skiing a network of cross country trails over 17 acres and holding many holiday celebrations for guests. By 1969 The Boston Sunday Globe described the little village as “one of the horsiest and most unpretentiously delightful four corners in all New England” due in large part to the Green Trails Inn, adjacent Inn lodging and the Fork Shop eatery on Sunset Lake.

The program will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church in Brookfield, at the corner of Ridge Road and VT Route 65. The program is free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities. Following the program a potluck supper will be available. Come one, come all! Hope to see you on April 29th. For further information contact Elaine Maghni-Buck at 802-276-3025.

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Oral History Event: A Conversation with Dorcas Wright

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 1

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 2

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 3

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 page 4

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To listen to Dorcas Wright share her own memories go to: https://soundcloud.com/ruhsyouthmedia/a-conversation-with-dorcas-wright.

Oral History Event Brochure April 2018 in PDF file format. When downloading and printing the PDF, change the page orientation to landscape.

Published in: on April 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s Ice Out Season!

Brookfield Historical Society’s annual ice out contest is on for 2018.

Our Faithful Ice Out Monitor, Dunkin, has taken up his post on the frozen Sunset Pond.  His day and time of dunking will mark the official ice out.

Can you guess when the ice will melt?

The closest guess wins 1/4 of the contest pot.

(On average, the ice goes out in Sunset Lake in mid-April……

but sometimes late March, sometimes early May!)

To enter by mail, you can follow this link ice-out-tickets-2018 , print the form, fill it out, and mail with your payment to the address indicated.

OR… You can enter through cyberspace!   Use the fillable form, email for your entry and the website paypal.me for your payment.

This requires a 2 step process:

  1. Open and fill out the fillable form. Save and then attach it to an email to gregwight67@gmail.com
  2. Then, follow the link:  paypal.me/iceoutguess
    to submit your payment.  (You will be directed to your existing Paypal account if you have one.

Or you’ll be able to create one in a flash.)

Good Luck.  Have Fun.  Support the Brookfield Historical Society!

Ice-Out Poster 2018

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15th Annual Ice-Out Contest

Ice-Out Poster 2018

2018 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

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Give the Gift of Brookfield to those on your Holiday List

The Brookfield Historical Society proudly presents additional, but limited, copies of the 272-page 2010 update of the town’s people, places, maps, photos and events dating back to 1779. Think of those family and friends who would enjoy their copy of this extensive history of Brookfield, Vermont. And the BHS is using the proceeds of this season’s sales as a fund-raiser for a memorial stone bench to honor Jackie Wilder, our BHS Curator for many, many years who passed away this past year. Please consider such a wonderful gift for those close to you and as a contribution towards the memory of Jackie’s dedicated work about our Town’s history.

The History of Brookfield 2017 Holiday Gift

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2017 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  The Lynde Family of Brookfield, Vermont: An African American story comes to life through Revolutionary War records by Susan Nevins. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

John Lynde was born in 1754 in New England and joined the fight against the British shortly after the start of the Revolutionary War. He was also a man who wrote love letters to his wife from the battlefield. After the war he became a landowner and farmer in Connecticut but later moved his family to Brookfield, Vermont, where records show he was a farmer, taxpayer and registered voter. John was a respected member of a community where at least six people wrote letters to the Federal Government attesting to his Revolutionary War service and good character. “Mr. John Lynde,” is the name on his slate tombstone, dated July 13, 1828. It is traditional for the times, ornate with geometric designs, a monument to the life of this black Vermonter.

John Lynde Headstone (John Lynde Headstone)

Judith Lynde Headstone (Judith Lynde Headstone)

About the Presenter

Susan Nevins has been researching local history with the Roxbury Historical Society for 11 years. She was awarded the Weston Cate Fellowship from the Vermont Historical Society in 2014 for her research proposal involving the Lynde family. She has a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a Spanish instructor in the Modern Languages Department at Norwich University.

Published in: on October 6, 2017 at 9:58 am  Leave a Comment  

Pond Village Summer Memories From the 1930s and 1940s by Ruth Goodale

In 2012 Ruth wrote:

I’ve been spending summers in Brookfield for the past 79 years, and would like to share some memories with you.

A soon as school was out in Connecticut, we (my parents, brothers and sisters) would pack our ’38 Chevy and box trailer and head for Brookfield. Coming up the hill from East Brookfield, we had to stop halfway at a spring to let the radiator cool off and add water. We lived at my grandparents’ former farm at the north end of the village.

I learned to swim in the old swimming hole south of the dam. There were many rocks there and we knew where all of them were. The biggest we called the drop-off because it was a steep ledge far out. Until we learned to swim, we were cautious about going out near that.

It was a great day when we were good enough to swim to the raft attached to the middle of the bridge. Jessie Fiske put it there for her guests at Green Trails. There we learned to dive. We even took baths and washed our hair there because our house only had a two-holer—no bathroom!

Floating Bridge by Ruth Goodale
(From left to right, Ruth Hansen Goodale, Lois Perry, and Lois Hansen. Click on the image for a larger view.)

On cold August days, we wore our camel’s hair winter coats over our bathing suits—the water was warmer than the air!

For the complete article, see the August 9, 2012, issue of The Herald of Randolph or read online.

Published in: on August 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

2017 Ice Cream Social

2017 Ice Cream Social flyer

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Published in: on August 9, 2017 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Victorian Gardens and Garden Design at the Marvin Newton House

Flyer-Garden Tour-2017 July 23

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2017 Marvin Newton House Open Sunday Afternoons

The Brookfield Historical Society’s museum, the Marvin Newton House, is open in July and August from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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