Town Celebrates Tradition
Memorabilia such as old photographs and newspaper clippings. To house them all, the Lion's Club donated land for the historical society's building.
"That saved us a tremendous amount of money, plus it really leant credibility to what we're doing," said Martin Bryan, society charter member. "Our group got to telling stories and we thought, 'They ought to be recorded because it won't be long that nobody will be around to remember.'"
So, these local history buffs formed their society just in time to celebrate New Bloomfield's birthday.
Enoch Murray founded Bloomfield in 1836, then changed the name to New Bloomfield because a neighboring county had already claimed Boomfield. Most of the town's original buildings are long gone, but one of the oldest still standing is the Masonic Lodge, which gained its charter in 1854.
New Bloomfield's 170th birthday celebration is this Saturday, Sept. 23, starting with a parade in the town of 700 and continuing throughout the day.