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

Tuesday, May 23

The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway

7:30 PM, Van Fossan Theater, 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.

Combination Rubber Manufacturing – One of the many factories on the Morris Canal in Bloomfield
Rendering of proposed way-finding sign for the 2017 Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway signage project
What could have been... Landscape Architect's rendering of a proposed Morris Canal Parkway from the 1912
Report of the Morris Canal Investigation Committee


Saturday, June 10

Historical Society of Bloomfield's 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social!

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (rain or shine)
Historical Society Museum, 90 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ (Third Floor of Children’s Library)
FREE and open to the public

The Historical Society of Bloomfield will hold its second annual Ice Cream Social on June 10, 2017. There will be free ice cream for all adults and children who visit the HSOB Museum at 90 Broad Street (located on the third floor of the Children’s Library) between the hours of 11:00am and 2:00pm.

The HSOB Museum is dedicated to the culture, people and history of Bloomfield. The collection includes furniture, clothing & accessories, tools, household articles, paintings, toys, posters, memorabilia, dioramas, maps, newspapers, postcards, letters, deeds, documents, books and much more.

Parking is available on Broad Street and in the Library Parking Lot on State Street. More info: www.hsob.org, 973-743-8844, info@hsob.org.


New Addition to our web site

Our newest addition is a set of historic maps of Bloomfield from the 1906 Mueller Atlas of Essex County


Morris Canal in Bloomfield Presentation was March 22

If you missed the program but would like to learn about the Morris Canal in Bloomfield, you can watch the program on WBMA TV online: Morris Canal in Bloomfield

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

Graphic Design by Traci Churchill
Web Design by Rich Rockwell