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

Upcoming Events

The Toll of the Garden State Parkway in Bloomfield

Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 PM
Presbyterian Church on the Green, 147 Broad Street

Join Bloomfield historian Rich Rockwell as he explores the impact the Garden State Parkway had on the township of Bloomfield when it was built in the 1950s. Through historical photos, maps and newspaper articles, explore the controversies and protests surrounding the project, as well as the hundreds of houses that were demolished or moved to make way for the GSP. Love it or hate it, you'll be fascinated by the history of the Garden State Parkway through Bloomfield.

The event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available nextdoor at the School Administration Building lot on the corner of Belleville Avenue and Broad Street.

Do you recognize this scene in Bloomfield? If you don't, it's because most of these houses were demolished to build the Garden State Parkway.


Morris Canal Greenway Hike in Bloomfield to resume!

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (raindate Sunday, November 6)

On this three-mile hike, we'll explore the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield, then take a bus ride for an additional two miles stopping at the newly reclaimed section of the Greenway at Oak Tree Lane. Space is limited. Eventbrite registration and waiver are required. The $10.00 charge for ticket is to cover the cost of the bus and a 20-page booklet with historical photos and colored maps of the canal.

The hike will be conducted by long-time Canal Society of New Jersey member and Morris Canal enthusiast, Ron Rice and Bloomfield Councilman, Rich Rockwell.

If you have any questions, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.

Details will be provided upon registration.

To sign up: Register for Morris Canal Hike.

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

From Wrights Field looking north towards the Berkeley Avenue Bridge over the Morris Canal and Second River (to the right).

Morris Canal Aqueduct over Second River near Newark Avenue and the Walnut Street footbridge.

Erie Railroad Bridge over the Morris Canal near GSP southbound Exit 149 near Beach Street on JFK Drive.


New Additions to Our Web Site

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

Charles Warren Eaton's Photographs of Europe

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. I created a separate site of his photographs of Europe. We include a preview of some of his best photos in our Photo Gallery. To see the full set of photos, visit CharlesWarrenEaton.org

Bellfry of Bruges, Belgium Maison du Roi, Brussels, Belgium Frankfort, Germany


Graphic Design by Traci Churchill
Web Design by Rich Rockwell

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