Only 20 miles from Rochester, the quiet community of West Bloomfield is full of historic homes and churches and a favorite spot for cyclists to travel its country roads with gentle hills and little traffic. The Bristol Hills provide spectacular scenery to the south of West Bloomfield. Route 5 and 20 traverses West Bloomfield with commerce located along this road. Slowing down to drive or bike this section of what we call, “the Authentic American Road” is the best way to observe some of the large farm landscapes and historic homes. The West Bloomfield Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the community. Their extensive collection includes items from the area’s earliest households, farms, and businesses that date from the early 1800s. Their home, a historic church, located on 5 and 20, is a great stop with lots of treasures to explore. There are cobblestones and early 1800’s architecture to admire. This was the area where the “Peanut Line” stopped when railroading was at its height. Agriculture is a key industry in West Bloomfield and that is reflected in the unique shopping opportunities available. The farm store at Lazy Acre Alpacas features alpaca clothing and gifts and tours where visitors can meet and learn about the alpacas are offered by appointment. The West Bloomfield Farmers Market is held on the front lawn of the West Bloomfield Congregational Church, known for its progressive history in the abolitionist and civil rights movements, June through October, weather permitting, and provides fresh local produce, arts and crafts. The Schlenker Farm Market is a seasonal market offering homegrown produce and flowers with a u-pick pumpkin patch in the fall. For cyclists, check out the cute hamlet of Ionia which is a connector to Monroe County to the north. The locally owned Mendon Cyclesmith is a bike repair and retail shop serving the needs of mountain, road and recreational cyclists that cycle through this scenic, historic area as well as the local residents who enjoy the beauty of the area daily. The Michael Prouty Memorial Park that includes a walking path, pavilion and playground is a nice place to take a shopping break.