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


The History of the Early Morris Mills in Bloomfield’s Brookdale Section

Tuesday, October 24, 7:30 PM, Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street

The Old Morris Mill, 1719 to 1890 from Real and Ideal Bloomfield, Hulin, 1902
The Old Morris Mill, 1719 to 1890

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
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

Self-Guided Walking Tour photo

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.

Advance registration is required. Go to Bloomfield Green Historic District Walking Tour 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.



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

Charles Warren Eaton's Photographs of Europe: CharlesWarrenEaton.org

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.

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

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