BROOKLINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Originally part of Dunstable, Massachusetts, Brookline was first chartered in 1769 as the Town of Raby. Brookline was renamed in 1798 at the suggestion of a leading citizen originally from Brookline, Massachusetts.
While its early residents engaged in agrarian pursuits its earliest and primary commercial activities were defined by its natural resources—wood and water. Brookline’s first mill was built in 1741 and by 1859 there were eight sawmills, one gristmill, and a sash and blind shop with the town noted for producing lumber, charcoal and casks.
One of the fastest growing towns in New Hampshire, Brookline has managed to retain many of the features of its rural past while benefiting from its close proximity to the shopping and employment opportunities afforded by adjacent Milford to the north and nearby Nashua to the east.