North Brookfield was first settled in 1664 and was officially incorporated in 1812, splitting from neighboring Brookfield. The town's lands were formerly a part of the Quaboag Plantation. North Brookfield’s residents are proud of its historical ties that include having sent 150 Minutemen to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Nineteenth century American poet William Cullen Bryant, lived in North Brookfield when he prepared for college with his uncle, the minister in town for 64 years. Brookfield Orchards, established in 1918 and now run by the fifth generation of the family of its founders, welcomes guests year-round to its apple orchard and farm stand.