Bloomfield Celebrates Oakeside Mansion Reopening: Open House Tour
BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Township of Bloomfield is thrilled to announce the grand reopening and open house tour of Oakeside Mansion on Saturday, June 25 from 2-6 p.m.
The township took over the management of the cultural property a year ago and had worked diligently on the maintenance of the facilities as well as the framework to make this beautiful space more accessible and available to our residents.
“I can’t wait to see my friends and neighbors come out and support this local historic asset,” Mayor Michael Venezia said of the reopening event. “Please bring your family and a picnic, and join me as we explore Oakeside Mansion and its grounds.”
Oakeside Mansion was built in the Colonial Revival style in 1895 by the Oakes family, who were prominent New Jersey fabric makers who operated a textile mill in Bloomfield from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. In 1979, Jean Oakes donated the house to the Township of Bloomfield, as steward for its preservation and for the enjoyment of the residents of Bloomfield.
In the spirit of carrying on the legacy of the Oakes family, the township is embarking on several programming goals for the enjoyment of the public. There will be monthly events for the public, historic tours of the property, art exhibits, use of the Great Lawn for outdoor fitness, expanded access to community gardens, and collaboration with the Historic Preservation Society for public lectures. The community will also be able to rent this beautiful space for small ceremonies or receptions, photography sessions and more.
“Ensuring the proper maintenance of the Oakeside Mansion has been our greatest concern since the city took over management of the property,” said Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, council liaison to the Cultural Preservation Advisory Committee. “I am pleased to now work alongside the Mayor, other members of Council, the Advisory Committee and the Director of Cultural Preservation to ensure that the public has access to this important cultural asset of the township. I look forward to the robust schedule of community-focused meetings of programming and rental opportunities that will soon be available It is important that our community never forgets the collective history of our township.
We invite our residents, neighbors and friends to join us on June 25 to celebrate a new chapter in the township’s mission to focus on cultural preservation. The afternoon will include remarks from the mayor and other elected officials, a tour of the mansion and grounds, refreshments, and an opportunity to connect with your community.