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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

TD's Mural of 1912

Fine colorized reproduction: Bloomfield mural at the  - Brookdale area TD Bank. 

They note the source: 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Brookside Before Channelling

Spilled it's banks often?

WPA Project - 1930's

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cut Rate Drugs

Bloomfield Avenue

Former Grandeur

Looking east atop of 2 Broad Street

Note: Always click on pictures to see the grand view.

The Oakes Aerial Area

Sometime prior to 1943 when David Oakes' house was torn down. See below

HSOB/R. Rockwell

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bikes and Books

Photo by Dorothy Johnson - 1967

Fresh Fish

Get yer news here!

Earlier Bloomfield Trolley

Our good neighbor to the west

(Montclair was formerly West Bloomfield)

"Cranetown "by popular designation became after 1812, West Bloomfield, but was incorporated as Montclair in 1868. The incorporation took away another third of the original Bloomfield, on its western side.

A fine art museum is located in Montclair showing, among other items works by Montclair artist, George Inness

Samples here, but the real, up close are so much more interesting.

Visit the MAM

The Rear O' the Royal

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Take the 24 to Bloomfield, via Bloomfield and Summer Aves

Broad Street, Bloomfield - c. 1890's

Sacred Heart Church and Nardiello Hall in the background.

The Salad Bowl!


Friday, February 24, 2017