Though located only a few miles south of Fryeburg on Route 160, Brownfield feels like it’s a million miles away. Mountains, forest and the Saco River are the dominate features in this town that has been rebuilt since the forest fires of 1947. Several hikes, canoeing on the Saco River, swimming at Burnt Meadow Pond, enjoying the quiet of Brownfield Bog or the other ponds and rivers in the area are all free outdoor activities. Children enjoy story time, the summer reading program or after school activities at the public library or the playground at Dunn Memorial Park behind the municipal building. The arts are alive in this quaint community.
Special events include the Brownfield Fire Department’s Turkey Shoot in November and Brownfield Days held each August.
About 1,250 people live in the 42 square miles of Brownfield. They keep busy participating in the Lions Club, Masons, Burnt Meadow Snowmobile Club, Brownfield Historical Society, Scouts, and young adult and adult book clubs at the library. Students begin their education at Brownfield-Denmark Elementary School and then attend middle and high school in Fryeburg. There is also a Timber Frame school in town. The local economy is boosted by the efforts of light manufacturing, small retail businesses, construction, tourism, home businesses and agriculture.
Playground: Dunn Memorial Park, Brownfield-Denmark Elementary School*
Beach: Burnt Meadow Pond
Boat Launches: Burnt Meadow Pond, Saco River (Brownfield Bridge)
FMI: www.brownfield.maine.org ; town office: 207.935.2007 82 Main Street Brownfield ME 04010; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Not available during school hours.
Brownfield Bog – The Brownfield Bog Wildlife Management Area provides over 5,700 acres of wetland habitat. Use a canoe or kayak to explore the bog; a limited trail system exists. Bring a picnic and enjoy the nesting waterfowl, deer, beaver, muskrats or turtles. If you are lucky, you might even spot a moose. In the winter, explore the bog by snowshoes or cross-country skis.