Brooksvale - 1850-1950

1856 – 1860:

  • Enos Brook, a resident of Hamden and owner of Brooksvale Farm, leases his farm to the town of Hamden to be used as the  "Hamden Poor Farm”


  • Enos Brooks dies and in his Last Will & Testament leaves the farm to the town with a “Life Lease” for his wife Roxany, for $100 annually


  • Mrs. Brooks returns to Hamden and dies on the farm and is buried in Central Burying Ground


  • Major Renovations to the farm house are done


  • The Hamden Poor Farm ceases operation, and local landscapers help keep it maintained.