Friday, November 17, 2017

Old Morris Canal Trench

Near today's "Old Canal Inn" East Passaic Avenue at Hoover Avenue. 
Courtesy Mark Sceurman

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Morris Canal - Near Lake Hopatcong - 1885 - "Drones and Workers"

But the scene could have been same when the Canal came through Bloomfield.  

"Frank Leslie's Illustrated" September 1885.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hurry it fills up!

...not the Canal, the historic hike. 

Saturday, November 4

Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Hike
10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
On this three mile hike, conducted by Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice, we'll explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield using historic maps and photos, then take a bus ride for an additional 2 miles stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane. Space is limited - reservations are required. $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and 20-page handout with historic photos and color maps. To reserve a space, email

Sponsored by the Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Committee, Historical Society of Bloomfield, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Flu Shot

Mark your calendars!

Don't miss the Historical Society's October presentation


Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bloomfield Music from 1962

Hear the music and sounds from the record that accompanied the book. 

                                                                CLICK HERE TO HEAR SIDE 1

Friday, July 28, 2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where Bloomfielders Shopped in Montclair, NJ

February 16, 1951. "Hahne & Co. department store in Montclair, New Jersey. 
Staircase II. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." 

Bloomfield Noir II

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Eat and Greet

UPDATE: 6/10/17 8:00 PM: Success! Over 200 new visitors to the Museum (...and they enjoyed ice cream too!)

Saturday, June 10

Historical Society of Bloomfield's 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social!

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (rain or shine)
Historical Society Museum, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ (Third Floor of Children’s Library)
FREE and open to the public

The Historical Society of Bloomfield will hold its second annual Ice Cream Social on June 10, 2017. There will be free ice cream for all adults and children who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (located on the third floor of the Children’s Library) between the hours of 11:00am and 2:00pm.

The HSOB Museum is dedicated to the culture, people and history of Bloomfield. The collection includes furniture, clothing & accessories, tools, household articles, paintings, toys, posters, memorabilia, dioramas, maps, newspapers, postcards, letters, deeds, documents, books and much more.

Parking is available on Broad Street and in the Library Parking Lot on State Street. More info:, 973-743-8844,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bloomfield historical presentation not to be missed!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway.

7:30 PM, Westminster Arts Center's historic Van Fossan Theatre, Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street.

Free and open to the public. 

Presented by Rich Rockwell in collaboration with the Historical Society of Bloomfield, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Department

The presentation tells the story of how Bloomfield went from a small village with river-powered mills to an industrial center employing thousands of people to a desirable urban transit center and how the Morris Canal played a role in that story. Additionally, the program will explore how, in our current urban environment, we are developing recreational trails connecting to the Statewide Morris Canal Greenway project.

The program was initially presented at the New Jersey Canals & Local History Symposium, sponsored by the Canal Society of New Jersey and the Morris County Heritage Commission. It has been supplemented with additional information relevant to Bloomfield residents.

Rockwell is the Chairman of the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, Vice President of the Historical Society of Bloomfield and is the author of Bloomfield Through Time.

PARKING: You may NOT park in the bank parking lot directly across the street from the Van Fossan Theatre. This lot is privately owned and cars that are parked illegally will be booted.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Struggling Boar

Luckily in the unseen part. 

2 Broad Street

February 2017