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THE HISTORY OF UPPER BROOKVILLE 1932-1982

Introduction by Alfred J. Seaman, Mayor, 1982

The Coe Residence at Planting Fields was completed in 1922

The people who moved here at one time or another, whether early or late, inherited a remarkable treasure. Nature gave generously to this area–open fields, rolling hills, winding roads and lanes, patches of woodlands, lovely homes–large and small. It must also have planted seeds of appreciation, because many people have worked hard and fought hard to preserve the best, to adjust to the future without sacrificing the past.

The words people use to describe the natural or nearly natural terrain have changed, of course. Professional planners now refer to all this as “open spaces” and “green belts.” Fortunately, they also see these patches of preserved beauty as assets for the entire area; indeed, for County, State, and Nation. Residents enjoy it every day. During week-ends and on soft summer evenings, people for miles around drive through, enjoying the woods and plants and scenic vistas, grateful that some relatively untouched countryside remains to be enjoyed by all.

If this history is to serve a purpose greater than a few hours of interesting reading, it will be in kindling a renewed determination to keep intact and strong the spirit and beauty of our Village. It is a task for each and every one, because the ultimate–and, indeed, the only-strength of village government is the thoughtful and loyal support of its citizens.

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