Once again, I’m trying a new thing here. I really wanted this “blog” portion of CTMQ to work out. However, my time is fleeting and CTMQ was never meant to be “timely” or “daily” or anything like that. After a successful series of posts that included everything we did on a random day in Mystic/Stonington, I am now going to do a couple weeks’ worth of posts from Bloomfield. Why Bloomfield? No reason other than the fact that it’s in Connecticut.
I’ve not “done everything” in the town, despite the fact that I live 3 minutes from its border and I drive through it twice per day. In fact, the only “real” and open museum in town remains unvisited. But don’t despair, for we’re going to learn a lot about Bloomfield. A lot of stuff you never knew, never knew you didn’t know, and never knew you didn’t care to know.
The blog posts will serve as a dumping ground for various bits of Bloomfieldia that don’t quite make it to full-blown CTMQ post status but are mildly interesting nonetheless. Who knows, maybe that’s what the blog section of this site will become in the end.
I envision 5 blog posts from Bloomfield, in addition to this one. So buckle up, get excited, and get ready for all things Bloomfield! I promise, this will be more interesting than you think it will be. For “real” CTMQ posts, Bloomfield has:
1 legitimate museum
1 sort-of museum/nature center/farm place
2 defunct museums
2 future museums
1.5 state parks
1 section of a national scenic trail
15 or so “other” trailed properties
1 ASME National Landmark
1 CT Freedom Trail site
1 Really cool animal thing
1 Islamic live animal slaughterhouse
1 CTMQ Restaurant Tour of the World visit
1 random other really cool thing
Plus! Some beautiful architecture, some great/fascinating shopping, CT’s only megachurch, an old-timey railroad crossing where a human stops traffic at a busy intersection, one of the last remaining mushroom barns in New England… on and on.
The town’s history really isn’t all that exciting. The coolest part of it is that Bloomfield was previously called Wintonbury – a portmanteau that came from Win(dsor), (Farming)ton, and (Sims)bury. I wish they kept that name, but will settle for the fact that there are a ton of things in town that retain that name (churches, the historical society, the land trust, etc.) It didn’t incorporate as Bloomfield until 1835 – quite late to the town game in our state.
Joe D’Ambrosio lives there. I’ve chatted with him at a Bloomfield gas station a couple times. And I’ve eaten lunch next to Brad Davis at Carbone’s Kitchen in town. So I guess legendary local broadcasters like it for some reason.
So there you go.
Bloomfield Trivia #1: What architecturally iconic building in Bloomield is this?