Town of Brookfield, CT
Fairfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Brookfield 9-12-1974. Amendments noted where appllcable.]
The symbols used in the Seal of the Town of Brookfield have the following meanings:
A defiant eagle: the spirit of Brookfield's founders.
On the eagle's breast, a shield of courage:
Showing the incorporation date of the Town, 1788.
A pair of shears manufactured in the ironworks early in Brookfield's history.
The eagle's wings: support the Town's indomitable will to survive during its early days.
The eagle's talons: shown gripping firmly some links of the historic chain[1] that was made pro patria (for one's country) to stretch across the Hudson River at West Point to keep British ships from going beyond the highlands during the American Revolution.
Editor's Note: The following is an explanation of this historic chain:
From the book "Everyday things in American Life 1607 - 1776." Page 164. Vol. 1, by William C. Langdon
Furnace at Salisbury, Connecticut.
"This furnace made cannon and shot for the American Army throughout the Revolution. It has been claimed that parts of the great chain stretched across the Hudson River at West Point to keep British ships from going beyond the highlands was forged there. " From the book "Annals of Brookfield" by Emily Hawley, Page 127 Chapter 9
"Eleazer Hathaway made muskets, chains and anchors and other things for innumerable purposes." It is alleged also that much of his chain was used with the Salisbury Chain to stretch across the Hudson. There were also the Kent furnaces and others.
The two stars in the border symbolize the many stars, 34, that adorned the 1861 flag that was made by Brookfield Women and flown on Obtuse Road South all during the Civil War.