The city of Brentwood originally consisted of three land purchases by the families of Bompart, Gay and Marshall starting in 1804. The location on the Manchester Trail, traveled by mail coaches and prairie schooners heading west, became a prosperous little town. In the 1870s the town became known as Maddenville because of Thomas Madden who was a prominent business man in the community who owned several businesses, a rock quarry, tavern, barbershop, grocery and blacksmith shop. It was discovered in 1919 that the neighboring city of Maplewood was voting to annex their town.

To maintain autonomy the residents quickly decided to incorporate and on December 15, 1919 established the village of Brentwood.

By Dan Duffy of Dan Duffy Productions, LLC

Brentwood Century Foundation

In 2019, Brentwood turns 100.  Throughout its first century, thousands of people helped us become the wonderful community we are today. We have grown from a simple “bedroom” village dependent on surrounding cities, to a vibrant city that is a business and shopping hub and a fine dining destination. Our school system is rated as one of the top in the state in academics and sports.  All that has been accomplished while maintaining the independent spirit and sense of community that inspired our founders. We want to mark our centennial by turning 2019 into one big celebration, and we want everybody to get involved, and we do mean everybody!

Whether you are a life-long resident, a newcomer, or a descendant of the original founders, Brentwood is your city. We want to hear your stories and see your photos.  Not just of public occasions, but family and church picnics, softball games and little league sports. We’d like to share your weddings, baptisms, bar mitzvahs and other religious observations.   We want to see pictures of military service members, police and firefighters past and present.

Please help us make this a family affair that will remembered fondly until we celebrate the next 100 years.

We also need volunteers and donations. Please help in any way you can, because from young to old, everyone in Brentwood has something to offer.

Thank you.



The Brentwood Century Foundation is a private, non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Missouri for community gifting to finance future community events and projects.

The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Join in the celebration

To help make the celebration memorable we asking for volunteers and donations.