The town of Brookfield is located in the Housatonic Valley region of Fairfield County near the New York border. Incorporated in 1788, the town was formed from parts of New Milford, Danbury, and Newtown. Brookfield’s early industries rose up along the Still River concentrated in an area called the Iron Works District. Its iron furnaces, grist mills, cotton and carding mills, comb shops, lime kilns, and other small industries drove the town’s growth. Brookfield today has an expanding commercial sector, and its western edge, where man-made Candlewood Lake is located, has seen increased residential growth.
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