West Bloomfield Historical Society
The Seneca who occupied the West Bloomfield land before the coming of the white man had constructed three villages in the area according to tradition. They located one on Fort Hill along Honeoye creek. Hamilton Hopkins later owned a farm there in what settlers called factory Hollow.
Don’t forget our open evenings when you can tour our collections or just join in a chat about town history. Families – we hope you will bring your children around to learn more about the people, the achievements, and the inventions that have made West Bloomfield such a unique place. You are always welcome!
26th COMMUNITY YARD SALE A SUCCESS! The sale supports a significant portion of our budget and we are proud to report profits of well over $2,000 to date. Thank you to the community for donating so many great items, to the volunteers who went the extra mile this year, and to Wegmans and Dunkin’ Donuts in Honeoye Falls for their support.
“RAILROAD DEPOTS OF THE PAST” . . . TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 7 PM AT THE SOCIETY, 8966 RT. 5 AND 20 (Zip code 14469 on GPS). Presented by Tim Schiefen. “You bought a what?” was the reaction of Tim’s family when he purchased the abandoned DL&W station in Atlanta, NY, Tim will take us on a journey on the old DL&W line and his own journey in preserving the depot. Learn about the unique architecture and construction of historic railroad depots, including depots in the West Bloomfield area that are now serving as living spaces.
FUTURE HISTORIANS . . . In September the Society will sponsor a Kids Art Contest and Exhibit for grades Kindergarten - 12th grade, with an added category for families. Here is how it works . . . STEP 1: Kids will have 4-5 weeks to create an image of something “really old” in West Bloomfield, North Bloomfield, or Ionia. It might be a home, a church, a schoolhouse, a door, or a fencepost – anything that tells a story. Entrants do not need to live in West Bloomfield, but the image must depict something in the town. Any medium is accepted (drawing, painting, collage, photography, etc.). STEP 2: Kids learn about the story behind the image by looking in a book or searching online, interviewing an adult, or visiting the Historical Society. Then they write a few lines to tell the story in their own words. STEP 3: Images and writings must be submitted to the Society by Monday, October 9th. An art show and awards party will take place later in October. For additional information, call (585) 657-7060.
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We also have a Youth Fund for young people who are working on a civic or historical project that benefits any area of the Town of West Bloomfield. We invite members of Scouts, church youth groups, 4-H, school classes, and others to apply for a donation if they need funding help for their project. For more information call (585) 624-7796.
We invite you to join us in learning about and appreciating our community and its place in history. You will be warmly welcomed..... and the demands on your time will be minimal.