First settled in 1660 and officially incorporated in 1718, the town of Brookfield has evolved from rural farmlands to the home of several industries, yet it still maintains its natural scenery – lakes, a river, and open land are sure to refresh anyone with affection for the outdoors. During the winter of 1776, General Henry Knox passed through the town with cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to end the Siege of Boston. A marker along Route 9 commemorates his route. The town maintains a sense of community through the Apple Country Fair, an annual craft fair that takes place on Columbus Day weekend and draws visitors from all over New England. A canoe and kayak launch at the bridge over the Quaboag River on Route 148 is a terrific place to put in and explore this scenic waterway in either direction.