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Historical Legend

Elm Hill Farm Historic District is a historic district on East Main Street east of the junction with Brookfield Road in Brookfield, Massachusetts. The major contributing element to the district is the Elm Hill Farm complex, one of the largest and most significant farms in the town for more than 100 years. The complex includes two Federal period residences, two with Queen Anne styling, and four Italianate styled outbuildings.

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.


Chickens, horses, Pony's, Donkeys, and goats still roam Elm Hill Farm in Brookfield, but the level of activity is a far cry from a generation ago, when it was the home to one of the most famous "spokes-animals" in marketing history.

 

Elsie the Cow, who pitched Borden Dairy products in the 1930s and 1940s and was more recognizable than some human celebrities of the time, was born and spent most of her life at Elm Hill Farm. Indeed, her presence is still felt: Type "Brookfield, Mass." in an Internet search engine and most results will make reference to Elsie. You can also wander into the back corner of a dusty barn at Elm Hill and see the stuffed head of Elsie's father hanging on the wall.

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