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.

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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.

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2017 Ice Cream Social

2017 Ice Cream Social flyer

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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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2017 Ice Out!

The official ice out time and date is April 17 at 3:14 p.m.

Thank you all for participating in the annual raffle.

Greg Wight and Dan O’Brien retrieved Dunkin. They had to bust through honeycombed ice in Dan’s canoe to reach Dunkin.

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The Lynde Family of Brookfield, Vermont

Flyer - Nevins Colloquium

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Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

Flyer-Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

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Rebecca Rupp Rebecca is the author of nearly 20 books for both children and adults, and blogs on food science and history for National Geographic.

A community potluck dinner will follow the presentation.

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14th Annual Ice-Out Contest

2017 Ice-Out Poster

2017 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

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