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

New Additions to Our Web Site

Bloomfield in the 1970s

These were slides of photos taken by the late Bloomfield historian, Fred Branch. We’re fortunate that Fred collected and preserved these photos of houses, historic sites, industries, Bloomfield Center and scenes around Bloomfield.

Samples from the collection:


Video Archive

Our Video Archive contains many of our prior presentations that were video-recorded by WBMA TV and are available on demand online. Programs include the Morris Canal, International Arms & Fuze, the Kinder Administration, the Conte Administration, Iron Coffins by Scott Warnasch and Theatre of Terror by Tom Ryan.

Special thanks to WBMA TV for recording and archiving our programs.


Early 1900s Travels Abroad

We are adding to our collection of lantern slides by Rev. Wilson Phraner by including Rev. Phraner's photos of trips abroad between 1908 and 1914. Current sites visited include Cuba and Alaska. Other countries he visited will be added in the future.


The Toll of the Garden State Parkway in Bloomfield

CANCELED. Will be rescheduled in the Fall. Check back here for details.

Join Bloomfield historian Richard 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 next door 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: Bloomfield

CANCELED. Will be rescheduled in the Fall. Check back here for details.

On this three mile hike, conducted by long-time Canal Society of New Jersey members Ron Rice and Bloomfield Councilman, Rich Rockwell, 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 two newly reclaimed sections of the canal. Space is limited - advanced ticket purchase required. $8.00 ticket covers the cost of the bus and 20-page handout with historic photos and color maps.

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

Questions? Email MorrisCanal@gmail.com

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.


Graphic Design by Traci Churchill
Web Design by Rich Rockwell

90 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Museum Hours
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday September to June: 10:00am - 12:30pm
and by appointment

Soldier and Sailors Monument
on the Historic Green

Historical Society of Bloomfield Collection