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

The Toll of the Garden State Parkway in Bloomfield

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Presbyterian Church on the Green, 147 Broad Street

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. Refreshments will be served.

Parking is availble 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

Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (raindate: Sunday, May 3)
Cost: $8 advanced ticket purchase required

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.

 


New Addition to Our Web Site

We now have a Video Archive of 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.

 


Graphic Design by Traci Churchill
Web Design by Rich Rockwell

90 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
973-743-8844
info@hsob.org

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

2020