Brooklyn is located in the central part of Windham County, in the northeast corner of the state. The first English settlers came here in the late 17th century. The town was incorporated in 1786 and got its name from the Quinebaug River, or Brook Line, which serves as its eastern border. Brooklyn is famous for being the final resting place of Israel Putnam, the Revolutionary War General. Also, in 1833 the trial of Prudence Crandall, the schoolteacher who was accused of educating black children, took place in Brooklyn. Today, the town is famous for being home to America’s oldest continuously operating agricultural fair, the Annual Brooklyn Fair.