Historical Society of
Township of Bloomfield, New Jersey, founded in 1812


The Intoxicating History of Colonial Taverns in New Jersey

Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 PM, Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street

by Michael Gabriele

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and author signing. Parking is available in the Public Library lot behind the Library on State Street.

New Jersey was the “Crossroads of the American Revolution” and as battles raged, colonial taverns formed the social network that held our state together. Citing research from his new book — Colonial Taverns of New Jersey — Nutley author Michael Gabriele will discuss how taverns housed the daily experiences of people during the colonial era, and how these stories provide a window into the state’s history from that period. A haven for Patriots and Loyalists alike, taverns were the “seedbeds” for the revolution, strongholds for political activities, beacons for travelers, and venues for entertainment, merriment and libations. Once the war began, taverns became recruitment stations for colonial militias and meeting places for local committees of safety.

A lifelong Garden State resident, Michael Gabriele is a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University and has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and author for more than forty years. Gabriele is a member of the board of trustees for the New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University and a member of the executive boards for the Allied Artists of America, New York; the Nutley Historical Society; and the Theater League of Clifton, and he serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.

Colonial Taverns of New Jersey is Michael Gabriele’s fifth book on New Jersey history, all published by Arcadia Publishing/The History Press. His previous books are The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey (2011); The History of Diners in New Jersey (2013); New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History & Tradition (2016); and Stories from New Jersey Diners: Monuments to Community (2019). To learn more about his publications visit: Michael Gabriele Books.


Bloomfield Green Historic District Walking Tours

Wednesday, May 8, 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 18, 9:30 AM

Self-Guided Walking Tour photo

We conduct walking tours of the Bloomfield Green Historic District twice a month on the second Wednesday and 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.

Advance registration is required. Go to Bloomfield Green Historic District Walking Tour or email MorrisCanal@gmail.com to register.

We also have a self-guided version of the walking tour available for free download: Self Guided Walking Tour of the Bloomfield Green Historic District.



1865 Map of Bloomfield and Belleville

This map shows Bloomfield before Montclair and Glen Ridge split off and Belleville before Nutley split off. The map includes pictures of prominent buildings at the time. Each of the house pictures have been digitally repaired and enhanced and are featured in our photo gallery: Bloomfield and Belleville, 1865

We are grateful to Adriana O'Toole for donating this mape to the Historical Society's collections.

Warren Baldwin's home and store on Broad Street. This is where Gencarelli's Bakery is today. This was James Bartholomew's estate on Blomfield Avenue. Berkley Heights Park is in this location today. Residenced of Augustus T. Morris, Morris Place and Bay Avenue.


Charles Warren Eaton's Photos of Bloomfield

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.

Charles Warren Eaton Garden in Eaton backyard Oakes Pond and Oakes Mill


Rev. Phraner's Photos of Palestine Mission Trip

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.

We also have collections of his photos from trips to Switzerland and Germany, Cuba and Alaska and, of course, his collection of photos of Bloomfield.

Damascus Gate Dragomen (Interpreters/Guides) Mary's Well


Camp Pinelock

An Anecdotal History, Candid Observations, and Memories of Camp Pinelock, Once a Unique Bloomfield Girl Scout Camp in Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ (1946- 1961), by S. David Phraner

Camp Pinelock Entrance Postcard Lake at Camp Pinelock Postcard Remaining Camp Pinelock building, 2021

90 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Museum Hours
Saturday: 10:00am - 12:30pm
and by appointment

Soldier and Sailors Monument
on the Historic Green

Historical Society of Bloomfield Collection

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