CSNJ May Meeting

Next Meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2016
 7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:10 p.m.
Morris County Cultural Center

The Morris Canal in
Bloomfield RevisiteD

Rich Rockwell

 Historical Society of Bloomfield

Bloomfield’s Morris Canal Greenway Committee


This presentation will take us on a tour along the Morris Canal in Bloomfield Township, Essex County. Part of the extensive photo collection of the historical society will be featured, including views of the canal by Bloomfield artist Charles Warren Eaton, taken between 1915 and 1920. These images were catalogued and described by Bob Goller in 1976 and the photographs have been digitally enhanced from the original negatives. Scenes include Bloomfield’s two aqueducts, Lock 15 East, Plane 11 East, and numerous canal bridges.

The program, presented at the Canal Society four years ago, has been updated to include the latest news since the town designated the right-of-way of the Morris Canal as a Greenway. New material will comprise updates on the Berkeley Avenue Bridge, the Collins House, and Greenway projects in Bloomfield including plans to interpret the uniquely urban stretch of Morris Canal Greenway. Come join us for a tour of the Morris Canal from active canal days to present Greenway developments.

In addition to this evening’s presentation, CSNJ member Deb Wefferling will prepare and serve a light supper of meat loaf, mashed potatoes and a fine dessert. Deb’s culinary skills are well known among members, so please come early to enjoy food and friendly conversation before the meeting. (updated 5/8/15)


Rich Rockwell has been a resident of Bloomfield for ten years and became interested in local history as he explored the heritage of his residential neighborhood at Halcyon Park. His fascination led to scanning of historic views of the community, and development of websites featuring these resources, including the Morris Canal. Rich has a Masters in Education from Temple University and is employed by Bank of America working in web design.


Directions to the Morris County Cultural Center

From the Morristown Green, turn right onto Washington St (County Route 510, formerly NJ Route 24). Travel 3.5 miles west toward Chester. Pass the roads to the Delbarton School and Lewis Morris County Park on the left. After the curve and long white picket fence, look for a sign for the MUA on the right, pointing toward the driveway, which is marked by a street light and lighted directional sign. Make a sharp left turn and drive uphill to a Spanish-style stucco building at the top. Parking is in the lot to the left at the top of the hill. Once inside the main entrance hall of the Cultural Center, the auditorium is to the left. Restrooms are upstairs, with elevator access.

From Route 287 South, take Exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Madison Ave (Route 124). Bear right at the next light onto South Street, continue straight through a series of traffic lights and around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St. (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.

From Route 287 North, take Exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto South St, continue straight through several lights and travel around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St, (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.