Bloomfield, a microcosm of American history, has seen multiple waves of immigration from various countries, as well as industrial growth throughout its history. It began as the John Conrad Winebiddle Plantation, providing beef for the soldiers fighting the Revolutionary War at Fort Pitt. Gen. George Washington referred to Bloomfield as the “high ground.” Bloomfield was distinctively of German ethnicity for 100 years, and the Protestant Irish followed after the Civil War. Italians immigrated before World War I and well into the 1960s. The blending of these nationalities has produced a warm and friendly neighborhood that is launching into the 21st century. Bloomfield is a tribute to those who have cared for and loved their neighborhood.
About the Author
Janet Cercone Scullion, a first-generation Italian American Bloomfield resident, is the executive director of the Bloomfield Preservation and Heritage Society. She is following in the footsteps of her philanthropic parents, Dan Cercone and Mary Damico Cercone. In 1990, Janet and her late husband, Robert Scullion Sr., began publishing the Spirit of Bloomfield Family Magazine, which is dedicated to collecting and sustaining historical data about the neighborhood. Her educational project entitled “Pittsburgh Pride: Keeping the Next Generation Here” was inducted into the Library of Congress in 2000. Her passion for history continues with important new projects.