16th Annual Ice-Out Contest

Ice-Out Poster 2019

2019 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

Published in: on January 16, 2019 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

2018 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: the Fellowship Hall in the Pond Village Church–First Congregational Church, 49 N. Ridge Road, Brookfield, Vermont, 05036

What:  Town Forests in New England and Brookfield, VT by Jon Binhammer, Brookfield Town Forester. A potluck supper will follow the program and the 85th Annual Meeting.

Some excepts from Town Forests in New England and Brookfield, VT by Jon Binhammer:

Community-owned forests are a part of New England’s history and legacy, and true to the region’s namesake, this legacy began in the settlement patterns of the English countryside – clusters of houses surrounded by common land utilized mostly for pasture.

Later in the 19th century, depleted forests became a public concern.  Wildfires in eastern states sparked by locomotives burned thousands of acres of slash left from clear cut logging.

Vermont slowly followed this national trend, with the first State Forest established in 1909, the L.R. Jones State Forest, located on Spruce Mountain in the Groton Range.

Brookfield’s Town Forest, of 169 acres located on Halfway Brook Road, was enabled in 1955 by the vote of townspeople at Town Meeting.

About the Presenter

Jon Binhammer is a long-time Brookfield resident, the Brookfield Town Forester, Director of Land Protection at The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, and the 2017 John Nutting Community Catalyst Award recipient.

Jon Binhammer, Brookfield Town Forester (Jon Binhammer leading a nature walk)


Published in: on October 9, 2018 at 11:35 am  Leave a Comment  

History Alive in Brookfield this Summer!

The Marvin Newton House (1133 Ridge Road, Brookfield), the local history site of the Brookfield Historical Society, is now open to the public every Sunday in July and August from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Throughout the summer a special exhibit featuring furniture made by Brookfield resident Ara Howe (1799-1863) will be on display. Interviews showcasing local residents and the town’s history are being presented – this week, on Sunday, July 29, you can listen to Edson Bigelow and his sister Barbara George talk with Marylou Maeder about the their childhood and the house they grew up in and where Marylou now resides. Also available is the video compilation of interviews with Brookfielder Dorcas Wright about her years working at the Green Trails Inn in the center of Pond Village. Please come visit and join us this summer for our full house of activities and artifacts. And coming up on August 12th is our annual Helen Daly and Margaret Stone Ice Cream Social, featuring Master Gardener Brigitte Lackey discussing our lovely, historical plantings on the MNH grounds, a dedication of a beautiful granite bench in the memory of Jackie Wilder, our long-time curator, music by Brookfield’s own Bear Mountain Jammers and…ice cream! We hope to see you this summer!

Published in: on July 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

2018 Ice Cream Social

2018 Ice Cream Social flyer

Click on the image for a larger view.  PDF version of flyer.

Published in: on July 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brookfield Historical Society: Green Trails Remembrances

The Brookfield Historical Society: Green Trails Remembrances videos are part of the Oral History Project about the Green Trails Inn by the Randolph Union High School Student Media Project. A Conversation with Dorcas Wright was made by Bri Gartner, Gavin Brown and Zach Whitmore. The Green Trails videos, parts 1 though 4, were recorded on April 29, 2018, at the First Congregational Church of Brookfield. The following videos are available through YouTube and were uploaded by Tevye Kelman.

Published in: on June 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

2018 Ice Out!

The official ice out time and date is April 29 at 9:51 a.m.

Dunkin’ performed flawlessly again.

Thank you all for participating in the annual raffle.

Published in: on April 30, 2018 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

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.


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.

Published in: on April 15, 2018 at 5:25 am  Leave a Comment  

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

Click on the image for a larger view.

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

Published in: on March 13, 2018 at 10:21 am  Leave a Comment  

15th Annual Ice-Out Contest

Ice-Out Poster 2018

2018 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

Published in: on December 22, 2017 at 9:02 am  Leave a Comment