Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center was the scene of the latest of the township’s bicentennial events. A Victorian-themed tea party held yesterday at the historic Oakeside Mansion on Belleville Avenue, celebrated the Oakes Family’s role in the life of the Bloomfield community. David Oakes started his own textile mill in Bloomfield in 1830. The mill produced materials for Union Army uniforms during the Civil War and by 1900 the Oakes’ mills employed nearly 500 people and had played an important role in the development of the town. The Township of Bloomfield acquired the Oakeside property in 1980 and created the Oakeside-Bloomfield Cultural Center to preserve the buildings and grounds. Oakeside is officially listed on both State and National Registers of Historic Places. Visit the Bicentennial website to learn about upcoming events.
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