Explore Bloomfield's past through richly detailed photographs digitally repaired and enhanced from original negatives of Bloomfield scenes 100 years ago. The photos tell the story of a town that went from farms and water-powered-mills to industrial to mostly residential somewhere between urban and suburban and how the town was shaped by transportation starting with the Morris Canal, then electric trolleys and railroads, and then the Garden State Parkway. From a time when large Victorian houses with people-friendly porches fell out of favor and were either demolished to be replaced by apartment buildings or stripped of their character and covered with the latest fad in siding material. You'll find yourself wondering what defines historic character and how much of that character is worth preserving.
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About the Author
Richard Rockwell has been a longtime fan of historic preservation. He got interested in the history of his historic neighborhood, Halcyon Park in 2007 because of a zoning issue. That led to researching the history of the neighborhood and creating the web site HalcyonParkHistoricDistrict.com. That led to other projects collecting, enhancing and interpreting historical photos from negatives and creating web sites on topics including historic sites in southwestern Pennsylvania where he grew up: Eldora Park (eldorapark.com) and the Charleroi Interurban (charleroiinterurban.com), and in Bloomfield: the Collins House (collinshouse.org) and the Historical Society of Bloomfield (hsob.org). Rockwell is a co-founding member and Chairperson of the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and also serves on the Boards of the Historical Society of Bloomfield, Bloomfield's Historic Preservation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.