Dr. John Bloomfield Home & Carriage House Museum
Built c. 1879 the Dr. John Bloomfield Home & Carriage House Museum is located at 229 West Clinton Street in historic downtown Napoleon, Ohio. The Home, built by Dr. John & Susan Bloomfield is a Queen Anne Victorian era home and has lovingly been restored to its former glory by dedicated HCHS volunteers and community members.
The first and second floors boast their original hardwood floors, woodwork, and detailed doors, metal work, and a beautiful original stained glass window in the parlor.
The first and second floor of the home are open for tours and special events. When you come to the Bloomfield’s, period furnishings from the mid 1800s through 1930s fill the home as well as artifacts and collections from Napoleon and Henry County’s history.
Some objects of interest include original photos of downtown Napoleon, furniture from the Rettig family dating to the 1860s, and beautiful artwork from various local artists including Eldor Gathman. Larger collections include our textiles and clothing, fine china, silver, and military uniforms and personal affects.
Located directly behind the main home is the Carriage House. This museum space was restored in 2009 and holds a large collection of Henry County artifacts. This museum space is currently closed for summer 2019 as we install our Prohibition exhibition coming this Fall 2019!
The Dr. John Bloomfield Home & Carriage House Museum is open FREE of charge to the public, the first Sunday of the month! May through October with special events scheduled through the year. Our Christmas Open House is a favorite! The home is also available for rentals including baby showers, bridal showers, teas, luncheons, and dinners. If you are looking for a beautiful and unique experience for your holiday party give us a try.
For more information about the Dr. John Bloomfield Home & Carriage House Museum, to schedule a tour please contact the HCHS at 419. 592-8006 for more information. To book a dinner, tea, or special event please contact 419.599.0201.
Victorian Days 2002 Pictures
Victorian Days in 2002 featured the Reynolds-Rebar Home on Avon Placeand flower gardens of several other properties in Napoleon.
Open House Pictures
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’.
Click HERE for more details on the program for pre-school children.
Photo credits: Jim Rebar & Taylor Moyer