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First settled in 1664, West Brookfield was still frontier at the time and suffered three major Indian raids. Fort Gilbert stood here and is still memorialized by a marker. Originally part of Brookfield, the town was officially incorporated in 1848. The 2000 Census listed population as 3,804 individuals. Lucy Stone, a prominent American suffragist, was born here. Isaiah Thomas had his printing office here and Noah Webster published his first dictionary in West Brookfield.
The Common serves as the center of town activities with its Beaux Arts fountain and bandstand, and ball field. Eighteenth and nineteenth century homes stand proudly around it just as they have since they were first built. The business district is small but busy and includes several restaurants, shops, a library, bank, and post office.
Recreational activities include hiking at the Rock House Reservation and Lucy Stone birthplace, boating on the Quaboag River, and dining in the town's restaurants.