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For the stream in Broome County, see Tarbell Brook (New York).
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Tarbell Brook
Tarbell Brook, Winchendon MA.jpg
Tarbell Brook in Winchendon, Massachusetts
Country United States
States New Hampshire, Massachusetts
Counties Cheshire, NH, Worcester, MA
Towns Rindge, NH, Fitzwilliam, NH, Winchendon, MA
Physical characteristics
Main source Pearly Lake
Rindge, NH
1,007 ft (307 m)
River mouth Millers River
Winchendon, MA
837 ft (255 m)
Length 10.1 mi (16.3 km)
Basin features
  • Left:
    Robbins Brook
  • Right:
    Sip Pond Brook, Spud Brook

Tarbell Brook is a 10.1-mile-long (16.3 km) stream located in southwestern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts in the United States. It is a tributary of the Millers River, itself a tributary of the Connecticut River, which flows to Long Island Sound.

Tarbell Brook rises in the western part of Rindge, New Hampshire, at the outlet of Pearly Lake, and flows south to the Damon Reservoirs. The brook then passes into Winchendon, Massachusetts, reaching the Millers River approximately 2 miles (3 km) west of the town center.


It bears the name of Lieutenant Samuel Tarbell (1744-1828), a Revolutionary War Minuteman who settled in Rindge with his wife Beatrice Carter in 1773, soon thereafter building a watermill at the outflow of Pearly Lake (formerly known as Tarbell Pond). Although the mill is long gone, Tarbell's Cape Cod style house nearby still presides over Route 119.

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