The History of the Early Morris Mills in Bloomfield’s Brookdale Section
Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 PM, Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street
by Mark Wiley
Bloomfield resident, Mark Wiley will share his extensive research about saw and grist mills built by the Morris family in the Brookdale section of Bloomfield. The Morris family settled in Bloomfield in the late 1600s and built a sawmill in 1702 fed by what is now Clarks Pond. A short time later, the Morris family built a downstream grist mill located near Bay Avenue. The presentation will include mechanical workings of both saw and grist mills, as well as videos of operating mills. Wiley will also provide a history of the Morris family, including Ephraim Morris, the inventor of the Morris Canal inclined plane.
Wiley is a long-time resident of Bloomfield who has worked in Bloomfield as an engineer at Lummus since 1981. His hobby is conducting historical and genealogical research, with a special interest in mills, as some of his ancestors were millers.
This presentation is free and open to the public.
Parking is available in the Public Library lot behind the Library on State Street.
Ephraim Morris' Patent for an Inclined Plane for Canals, 1829
Bloomfield Green Historic District Walking Tours
Wednesday, October 11, 1:30 PM Saturday, October 28, 9:30 AM
We conduct walking tours of the Bloomfield Green Historic District twice a month on the second Wednesday and third Saturday. Walks begin at Oakeside Cultural Center at 240 Belleville Ave. Parking is available there. The walk is on paved sidewalks and is approximately 3 miles and 2 hours long.
Photos by Charles Warren Eaton taken between approximately 1905 to 1915 of scenes in Bloomfield including photos of Eaton, his home and garden, Mills and mill ponds in Bloomfield (Diamond Paper Mill, Davey's Pond and Davey's Mill, and Oakes Pond and Oakes Mill), scenes along Third River and newly improved photos of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield.
In the early 1900s, Rev. Wilson Phraner took a Mission trip to Palestine. These are photos he took and made into Magic Lantern Slides that he used in his ministry at the Montgomery Mission Chapel in the Soho neighborhood in Belleville. These photos have been added to our Photo Gallery.
Charles Warren Eaton was a renowned artist and photographer who lived in Bloomfield from 1888 until his death in 1925. On his travels to Europe, he photographed cities in Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. The Historical Society was fortunate to have the negatives of his photographs donated to us.