The area is friendly and safe for walking, biking, waterskiing, swimming, boating, and fishing.
Picturesque Lake Lashaway is an excellent lake for all watersports. It is 1½ miles long and ½ mile wide, and graces the shores of both North Brookfield and East Brookfield. Its waters are fed by the Five Mile River. The Boston Herald rated Lake Lashaway as one of the top bass fishing lakes in Central Massachusetts.
The town itself is within walking distance and boasts four restaurants. Within walking distance are 2 restaurants, one of which has live music, a deli, a pizza place, two beauty salons and the public library. Only a ¼ mile walk is the public beach. Less than 1-mile west is a fresh produce stand, and just over a mile east is Timberyard Brewery, www.timberyardbrewing.com
Or take a leisurely drive through our beautiful historic surrounding area. We have a bowling alley and miniature golf, www.bogeylanes.com and the Brookfield Apple Orchard, www.brookfieldorchardsonline.com is nearby. It’s only 12 minutes to the Mass Pike, ½ hour to famous Old Sturbridge Village, www.OSV.org, Brimfield Antique Markets, www.brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com or to the beautiful Quabbin Reservoir.
It’s only ½ hour to Worcester, 1 hour to MGM Casino in Springfield, 1½ hours to Boston, to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos, and only 3½ hours to New York City.
Whether you’re seeking outdoor fun or relaxation, you’ll find it here.
A little trivia…
Before European settlers arrived, the Brookfield area was home to the Lassawa and Nipmuc Indian Tribes, situated in the Quaboag Plantation (deeded in 1660). Quaboag is a Nipmuc Indian name meaning ‘before the pond’. It can be assumed that one of the ‘ponds’ was indeed Furnace pond, a pond manmade by the Ironworks Co. around 1850. Between 1880 and 1890 the pond was enlarged by the Stevens Textile Mill and renamed Lake Lashaway.
East Brookfield is neither very large (only 10.4 square miles) nor very populous (under 2,000 residents). It is the state’s newest town – incorporated in 1920.
There’s a lot to like about E. Brookfield. For starters, it’s friendly, quiet and spacious. Entertainer George M. Cohan used to spend summers in the Podunk section of town – which put that word, if not the town itself, on the map. And there’s Cornelius McGillicuddy Sr., known as Connie Mack, who was born in town just down the street in 1862 and was the longest-serving manager in major league baseball history, first in Pittsburgh in 1894-1896, but mostly at the helm of the Philadelphia Athletics, from 1901 to 1950. Mack’s place in Baseball Hall of Fame is secure. And so too is East Brookfield’s place in Massachusetts – all 1,979 residents strong at last count.
Lake Lashaway and the surrounding towns offer a diverse historical and cultural richness, yet the area still maintains a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere to please the most ardent nature-lover.
Come, explore, experience.
Dennis LeBeau / EB Historical Commission
MA Historical Database