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

Upcoming Events

From Success to Seizure: The Schering Corp. of Bloomfield 1937-1942

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

Schering Corp Buildings

James Bond in Bloomfield?

On March 28, the Historical Society of Bloomfield will present From Success to Seizure: The Schering Corp. of Bloomfield 1937-1942, by lifetime Bloomfield resident Dean Cole.

On December 9, 1941, U.S. Treasury agents raided the offices of The Schering Corporation of Bloomfield, charging the company with anti-trust violations. Most of its management would be fined and dismissed.

By February 1942, Schering, its property, and its patents were taken over by the U.S. Alien Property Custodian on the grounds that it was an asset of our new wartime enemy, Nazi Germany.

How is it that such a successful and well-respected Swiss firm could come to be seen as a dangerous threat to the United States?

The answer lies with the efforts of a shadowy British Intelligence organization run by a man who would later be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond. He would use secret agents, falsified documents, and press manipulation to bring Schering's true identity to the unwanted attention of U.S. authorities.

Join us on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 PM as we explore this long-hidden chapter of wartime Bloomfield history.


Morris Canal Greenway in Bloomfield Walking Tour

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (raindate Saturday, May 6)

This tour is sold out. If you would like to get on the list to be notified of the Fall tour, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com.


New Additions to Our Web Site

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


You can now download our self-guided Walking Tour of the Bloomfield Green Historic District.


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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Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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