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The Floating Bridge
Photo by Matt Wills

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About Brookfield, Vermont

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Orange County
Chartered: August 5, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
Area: 26,447 Acres = 41.32 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 104* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 02' W 72°36'
Altitude: 1,325 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 1,292 [ Population Rank: 127* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 31.3 [ Density Rank: 143* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Brookfield's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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There is no real trail as to the origin of the name. Some believe it to be after Brookfield, Massachusetts (the only Brookfield in the US older than Vermont's) where it is a genuinely "made" name.

The only floating bridge in Vermont (pictured above) crosses Sunset Lake (formerly Colts Pond, from a family that once owned much of the shoreline). Nearly 300 feet long, the bridge rests on tarred oaken barrels, which allow it to adjust to the level of the water.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Brookfield
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Allis State Park

Brookfield Historical Society

The Floating Bridge
Described and pictured above. Route 65 in Brookfield village.

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Gifford Medical Center (Randolph) 802-728-7000
Town Clerk:  Teresa Godfrey PO Box 463 Brookfield, VT 05036
 T-Th 8:30-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ


Orange Southwest Supervisory Union 802-728-5052
Brookfield Elementary School 802-276-3153

Neighboring Towns

This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Northfield Williamstown
Roxbury Chelsea
Braintree Randolph Tunbridge


Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Electric Washington Electric Co-op 800-932-5245
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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