About the Finger Lakes
East Bloomfield and West Bloomfield, Ontario County, NY
It is said that the soldiers who marched through the area during the Sullivan Expedition of 1779 were so impressed with the fertile ground and wildflowers that bloomed here that when the area was settled a decade later it became known as Bloomfield.
Since then, Bloomfield has blossomed into two distinct towns, East Bloomfield and West Bloomfield, and the village of Bloomfield, which is in the town of East Bloomfield. We'll talk about East Bloomfield and the Village of Bloomfield first, but if you want to read about West Bloomfield, scroll down below.
The Town of East Bloomfield and the Village of Bloomfield
An heirloom apple. Fields of wheat, hops and potatoes. The founder of the city of Rochester.
These are just a few historic exports from the town of East Bloomfield, a community characterized by rolling hills, New England country charm and a reverence for historic preservation and outdoor recreation.
The tart and hardy Northern Spy apple was developed here around 1800, when Herman Chapin planted seeds from Connecticut. It is still a beloved apple variety today.
Wheat, as well as hops and potatoes, were also major agricultural commodities grown in East Bloomfield, which still holds on to its farming roots.
And Nathaniel Rochester, founder of the city of Rochester 25 miles away, lived in East Bloomfield until he moved to the city that bears his name in 1818.
The village of Bloomfield embraces history, and a good way to immerse yourself in history past is to take the self-guided walking tour around the historic district.
A meal at The Holloway House, once a stagecoach stop and now a restaurant famous for roasted turkey dinners and Sally Lunn bread, is also a good way to enjoy a blast from the past.
East Bloomfield is an antique lover's mecca. Along Routes 5 and 20 is the Bloomfield Antique Country Mile, where collectibles from more than 175 dealers are located in a string of shops.
Museums also have a strong foothold here. The circa 1838 Bloomfield Academy is home to the East Bloomfield Historical Society, which has a vibrant schedule of programs and events highlighting local history. The Antique Wireless Museum tells the story of wireless communication from the telegraph to the cellular phone, while the Vintage Tracks Museum features crawler tractors and other memorabilia from the early 1900s.
Cycling groups love to ride around Bloomfield, thanks to bucolic scenery, low-traffic network of country roads its three "cool" pitstops: Sharks Ice Cream, Rockin' Scoops & Grill and Shivers Shakes & Cones.
This community is also taking part in the craft beverage revival, with Nedloh Brewing Company making beer with locally grown ingredients, including hops grown outside the tasting room, and Raymor Estate Cellars, offering wine and hard cider.
The town of East Bloomfield was first settled in 1789. It was originally called Bloomfield, but became East Bloomfield in 1833 when the town of West Bloomfield was established. The village of Bloomfield was incorporated in 1990 by combining the adjacent villages of East Bloomfield and Holcomb.
Town of East Bloomfield: 3,634 (2010 Census)
Village of Bloomfield: 1,361 (2010 Census)
Town of East Bloomfield: 33.3 square miles
Village of Bloomfield: 1.4 square miles
The town of East Bloomfield is in the western part of Ontario County, about 8 miles west of the city of Canandaigua. The village of Bloomfield is in the town of East Bloomfield, along the town's major east-west arterial, State Routes 5 and 20.
The land is largely gently rolling foothills to the larger Bristol Hills to the south. Mud Creek flows northward in the eastern part of the town.
Agriculture: Horse farms, crop farms, dairy farms.
Manufacturing: Commodore Plastics produces foam trays for retail meat packaging; Crosman Corporation is an international manufacturer of air gun products; Velmex, Inc. manufactures stock and custom linear and rotary motion control positioning equipment.
The Bloomfield Central School District serves students in East Bloomfield and surrounding communities. The districts prides itself on small class size and high graduation rates.
Bloomfield Academy Museum: The East Bloomfield Historical Society is housed in the landmark Academy Building, a brick schoolhouse built in 1838.
Elton Park: Originally known as the Public Square, Elton Park is the focal point of East Bloomfield and one of its most historic sites. It includes a Civil War monument and a community where many community events take place.
Veterans Park: This East Bloomfield park has playing fields and indoor facilities for meetings. Recreational facility, baseball field, work in progress, walking trail, 2 soccer fields, 2 baseball fields, full size basket ball court, enclosed building with kitchen can rent to groups and organizations.
Parkview Fairways Golf Course: A family-owned, 18-hole public golf course.
Boughton Park: Privately owned by the towns of East Bloomfield, West Bloomfield and Victor, this park has two ponds, trails and woods and is a popular place to fish, canoe, hike and kayak. The park is only open to Victor, East Bloomfield and West Bloomfield residents with permits.
Bloomfield Antique Country Mile: Dozens of antique dealers do business along this stretch of Routes 5 and 20.
The Holloway House: Once a stagecoach stop, this historic colonial home was built in 1808 and has been a restaurant since 1939.
Antique Wireless Museum: Since 1952, the Antique Wireless Association has been devoted to the history electronic communications. This museum takes visitors through that history, from the first telegraph and telephone to today's cellular era.
Vintage Tracks Museum: Featuring Crawler Tractors and old farm equipment from the early 20th century.
Nedloh Brewing Company: Nedloh Brewing Company is committed to restoring the tradition of hops growing and small breweries in the Finger Lakes. Notable features of the 3,500-square-foot brewery include a a spacious tasting room with view of the hopyard and a retail shop.
Raymor Estate Cellars: This small unique winery produces wine from locally grown grapes and hard cider from locally grown apples.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church Antique Show & Sale: Annual antique sale takes place on the second Saturday of July at Elton Park.
Horseless Carriage Club of America Show: This popular antique car show, sponsored by the local chapter of HCCA, takes place on the second Sunday of July at Elton Park.
The Town of West Bloomfield
Bordering Livingston and Monroe Counties, the Town of West Bloomfield is known as the western gateway of Ontario County. It’s a sleepy little community that is close to Rochester (about 20 miles away) and Canandaigua (about 12 miles away).
Historic homes and churches abound, from the John and Mary Dickson House, an 1830s Federal-style building, to the Ionia Methodist Church in the tight-knit hamlet of Ionia.
Cyclists love West Bloomfield for its country roads, gentle hills and little traffic. The town’s bike shop, Mendon Cyclesmith, not only offers sales and repairs, but the owner has an interesting collection of antique bicycles.
West Bloomfield is also a place where you can get up close and personal with an alpaca. Lazy Acre Alpacas is open to visitors by appointment and has an on-farm alpaca fashion shop.
Campbellstone Antiques, located in an old cobblestone home, specializes in antiques, floorcloths and gifts.
West Bloomfield was once the site of three distinct Seneca villages in areas that are now referred to as Fort Hill, Factory Hollow and Bloomfield Station. The first Europeans to record being the area were the Jesuits in the 17th century. Settlement began much later, around 1789, and the Town of West Bloomfield was formed in 1833 after separating from the Town of Bloomfield.
Town of West Bloomfield: 2,466 (2010 Census)
Town of West Bloomfield: 25.5 square miles (.04 square miles is water)
The Town of West Bloomfield makes up the western border of Ontario County, adjacent to Livingston County. A sliver of Monroe County lies to the north of the town. State Routes 5 and 20 run through it, while State Routes 65 and 64 running along the town’s western and eastern edges.
The Bristol Hills provide spectacular scenery to the south of West Bloomfield. Hopper Hills, which lays claim as the highest point in Monroe County (at 1,026 feet), has a slope that reaches into West Bloomfield.
Bonn Terra Farms is a large dairy operation in West Bloomfield. It is a sister dairy to Willow Bend Farm in Manchester and Spring Hope Dairy in Hopewell. All three farms are still family-owned and operated.
There are also other farm operations that focus on field crops.
Campbellstone Antiques: Located in a historic cobblestone listed on the National Historic Register, this shop specializes in antiques, floorcloths and gifts.
Mendon Cyclesmith: Bike repair and retail shop servicing all kinds of bikes and cyclists.
Lazy Acre Alpacas: 180-acre farm where visitors can meet and learn about alpacas, then shop at an on-site boutique full of alpaca fashions.
Michael Prouty Memorial Park: This park has baseball and soccer fields plus basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. There is a playground and pavilion.
West Bloomfield Congregational Church of Christ: Established in 1799, this church has a long history of progressive action. It was active in the abolitionist and civil rights movements, and had a female pastor in the 1890s, decades before women had the right to vote.
Schlenker Farm Market: Seasonal market offering homegrown produce, flowers and other foods.