John Bloomfield Home Museum and Carriage House
Officially called the John Bloomfield Home Museum and Carriage House, this house is located at 229 Clinton Street, Napoleon, across from the Napoleon Public Library. The carriage house is located behind the main house and is positioned on Webster Street and an alley. Doctor John Bloomfield (pictured at left) built his home in 1879. The entire house has been completely restored and is furnished for special occasions with period pieces that are part of our permanent collection. The Bloomfield Home was officially opened to the public on Victorian Days 2002, held at the end of June.
The Bloomfield Home, in addition to being a fine example of Victorian architecture, is a facility that the Historical Society plans to use extensively for public events, such as wedding and baby showers, Victorian Teas, and meetings. Most importantly, the home will house rotating displays of Henry County artifacts from our extensive collection, and the Victorian Gardens on the property will be the envy of Napoleon. We hope you will drop by during one of our events and get acquainted with our Home. You might like to become a member as well, and we never turn down offers to help us in our restoration work.
The home is open to the public May through October every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. or by appointment, and can be booked for special events, such as luncheons, teas, small receptions, showers, etc., by contacting Rose Wiemken.
Victorian Days in 2002 featured the Reynolds-Rebar Home on Avon Place
and flower gardens of several other properties in Napoleon.
The first Christmas Open House was held on Sunday, December 15, 2002. For this event the Bloomfield Home was decorated much as it would have been in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Local harpist Jessica Knepley graced the home with her musical gift to the delight of the visitors.
Victorian Days 2003 at the Dr. John Bloomfield Home featured a unique Victorian Tea theme. Businesses and individuals were invited to participate by decorating a table in a theme of their choice. The results were spectacular and extremely creative.
The Open House in 2003 took place on Sunday, December 7th, and featured our new antique bookcase, Victrola, newly-purchased antique furniture, a digitally-enhanced picture of Dr. Bloomfield, and lots of borrowed furniture and Santa Clauses. Trees were set up in all the rooms on the first floor, including the kitchen, and refreshments were served to our many guests.
Recognizing that opening up their homes to strangers is not something that everyone likes to do, in 2004 the Historical Society asked nine home owners if they would allow their beautiful porches to be used for arts, crafts, demonstrations, and musical events. The answer from all them was a resounding ‘YES’.
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