Brookfield is a town located in Central New Hampshire, in the Lakes Region of the state. It is situated in the Southeastern area of Carroll County and, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, is home 712 people. The town encompasses a total area of 23.3 square miles, 22.9 of which is land and .4 of which is water. About 31 people live in each square mile of land in Brookfield.
The area that comprises Brookfield was first settled in 1726 by Scottish-Irish immigrants. At that time, it was known as Coleraine and was particularly popular with farmers, thanks to its highly fertile ground. In later years, it was renamed Brookfield, in honor of Brookfield, Massachusetts and combined to become a part of nearby Middleton. It wasn?t until 1794 the Brookfield was broken off from Middleton and once again independent. It was then incorporated and, in 1840, named a part of Carroll County.
Brookfield?s original town house, built in the 1820s, still stands today and is used annually for town meetings. It is listed as a historic site with the National Register of Public Buildings. Local police, fire department, sanitation and emergency medical services are purchased from the nearby town of Wakefield, and children in the area attend schools in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District, which serves Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro and Wolfeboro. The district includes six elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one technology center.
Brookfield is primarily residential, rural community with little-to-no commercial development. Residents can find shopping in the nearby towns of Wolfeboro, Wakefield and Rochester, and residents can take part in recreational activities through Wolfeboro?s Parks & Recreation Department, which oversees five parks, three beaches, one skate park, a ski area and an ice arena. The department also offers sports leagues, day camps, lessons, classes and more.