Brookline, Vermont, New England USA

About Brookline, Vermont

Windham County
Chartered: November 30, 1794 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Area: 8,294 Acres = 12.96 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 239* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 02′ W 72°36′
Altitude: 570 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 530 [ Population Rank: 215* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 40.9 [ Density Rank: 120* ]
Full Census Info: Town County State

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

Brookline was created from the southern half of Athens and a small part of the western side of Putney. Subsequently a little piece of Newfane that lay east of West River was added.

The name comes from Grassy Brook, which rises over the line in Athens at Lily Pond and flows in an almost straight line through Brookline from north to south. The first settlers described the area where the brook rises as having been a grassy meadow when they first saw it, hence the name Grassy Brook. Throughout its course through Brookline, it lies in the bottom of a deep valley, where the mountains on either side rise as much as 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

Town records show that in the early part of the 19th Century there were two stores and a hotel at the foot of Windmill Mountain, named so because of a windmill on top of the hill and which provided power to pump water for the hotel and the surrounding businesses and homes.

The long ridge of Putney Mountain is only a little over 1,600 feet high, but it was always an obstacle to east-west travel, which is why the western section of Putney was given to Brookline, and why the mountain is now in Brookline, rather than in Putney.

Dr. John Wilson (1788-1847) insisted on his own design for the 1821 schoolhouse pictured above as a condition of accepting employment as the town’s first schoolteacher. The architecture incorporates an inverted post and beam framework supporting the roof, and is said to be based on the Old Tolbooth on the High Street in Edinburgh, the medieval seat of the disbanded Scottish Parliament and symbol of political independence from England. Upon Wilson’s death, former pupils were surprised to learn that their teacher was actually the notorious Scottish highwayman “Captain Thunderbolt,” with a price on his head dating back to 1816 in the amount of £500 sterling, a small fortune.

Activities & Points of Interest

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

Historical Society of Windham County

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (Brattleboro) 802-257-0341

Town Clerk: Guy Tanza PO Box 403 Newfane, VT 05345
802-365-4648
T Th 9-2; 1st Sat. 9-12

Schools

Windham Central Supervisory Union 802-348-6801
Brookline Elementary School 802-365-7552

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”).

Townshend

Athens

Westminster

Newfane

Brookline

Putney

Dummerston

Utilities

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).
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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