Sitting not far from where the Connecticut and West Rivers meet and centrally located between the towns of Putney, Newfane, Townshend, and Westminster is Brookline, Vermont. With only about 500 residents populating the town, Brookline captures the small town feel that Vermont is so famous for. And as is the case with many of the towns and villages throughout the state, Brookline’s small size does not indicate any lack of character or things to do in the area. On the contrary, Brookline is very well situated to enjoy all that the surrounding areas of Windham County, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts have to offer.
Located at relatively low elevation in the Connecticut River Valley, Brookline is characterized by lush farmland, softly rolling hills, and an overall landscape that is completely picturesque during any season. And though there is no actual downtown in Brookline due to the town’s very small size, there is still a great sense of community and history in Brookline, and historic landmarks like the Round Schoolhouse from 1821 show just how long and interesting that history has been.
Brookline’s close proximity to the other great communities of Southern Vermont is another noticeable advantage when it comes to living in the area. Whether you’re hoping to visit resort towns like Stratton or Dover for some skiing, hiking, or golf or simply want to venture a bit south to Brattleboro for dinner at one of the many great local restaurants there, the conveniently short trip to these closeby towns is virtually always worth the quick drive.
For families living in Brookline, children through the 6th grade typically attend Newbrook Elementary School in nearby Newfane, Vermont. For students between the 7th grade and 12th grade, most attend Leland & Gray Union Middle & High School in Townshend, Vermont, which is roughly 15 minutes from Brookline and serves approximately 350 students from five surrounding towns in the area.
The town of Brookline is quiet, rural, and quite small, all of which makes for a great little community. It’s a perfect example of the mellow lifestyle that defines so much of Vermont.