Elton Park on a Beautiful Afternoon

 Late Sunday afternoon, the kids and I decided we would like to get a sub for dinner.  It was a very pleasant afternoon, and I thought a little ride would be nice, so we went to a sub shop Mark and I frequented a lot when Mark was building the house.

We headed north on highway 64.  As we were coming into the little town of Bristol, Michelle hollered from the back seat, “turkey ahead, turkey ahead”! I had to slow down a bit to avoid hitting the lone bird.  What a strange place for the hen to be crossing!  I told Michelle to take a picture, and I slowed down a bit….

That was through my hideously dirty, dusty back window of the Explorer. Oh, and did I mention we were on our way to get *turkey* subs???

The kids decided that since we were in close proximity to one of their favorite ice cream stores, we “ought to stop”.  So, we ate a backward meal…..dessert first,  main course last!  We ate our ice cream, then drove over to the sub shop where I went in and picked up our dinner.

After coming out of the sub shop,  I decided since it was such an incredible afternoon,  I would wander to the park next to the shop and take a few photos.  The kids and I had already agreed to save the subs until we got home and then we would eat on the front porch.

This little park is called Elton Park and it sits in the town of East Bloomfield right off Route 5 & 20.  (Yes, it is actually *routes* 5 & 20, but because the two run together a good distance, it has become *route*!)  By the way, this particular roadway is very well-traveled, as it offers beautiful scenery as well as many antique and “unique” shops!

Here is the park, looking from the southwestern corner…..

To the east side of the park, across the street, sits the East Bloomfield Untited Methodist Church…..

And I know the name of the church because of this…..

To the west side of the park, across the street, sits the First Congregational Church….

Of which I am likewise certain…..

I have actually seen an angel visiting at the congregational church!

hehehe…In looking at this photo after uploading it, I see there is a conflict regarding the correct time!

There is a beuatiful archway leading to the park from Route 5 & 20.  It is dedicated to one Charlotte Augusta Steele Elton, but in looking on Google, I was unable to find information on her, other than a family tree.

She must have been from a rather wealthy family to have warranted such a lovely and impressive memorial! According to a small pillar at the side of the arch, the memorial was constructed in May, 1904, five years after her death.

There is a lovely little cemetery located just to the northeastern end of the park.  The kids probably would have balked if I suggested looking around a bit,  but I imagine Charlotte Elton is interred there.

That little plaque certainly is an informative little number!

As I wandered around the rather small area that makes up the park,  I was surprised to see a momument to signify this area was once the site of a Seneca Indian Village, and later, a Jesuit Mission was located here.

In the very center of the park is a very tall statue erected in the memory of those who fought  in defence of the Union (North) during the American Civil War.  It was erected through the efforts of the citizens  of East Bloomfield in 1869. (as per the informative plaque mentioned above!)

This statue is such an awesome tribute to one the bloodiest wars the US ever saw…..The names of locals, stating rank and place of death are etched in the base of the statue.

Cannons surround the statue on its four sides….

This fellow does look a bit weary after standing guard 140 years!

There is also this beautiful relief with the term “Excelsior”, (ever upward) which is New York State’s motto.


I made my way back to the Explorer,  parked just beyond the pretty gazebo.

When the kids were little, Mark and I used to visit this park after picking up a pizza or subs from the shop we went to on Sunday.  We hadn’t been there in years, but the kids remembered it well.  There are also a few picnic tables there, and they recalled eating at them!

Well, it is amazing all of the interesting little areas surrounding us if we just keep our eyes open!

5 Responses

  1. I always want to stop as I drive through Bloomfield, but my family is usually with me and not as adventurous as I. Great set of pictures. Thanks for the tour.

  2. If I’m not mistaken, that park is adjacent to an electronics museum where we took Cy’s grandfather many years ago. He was thrilled to see the old radio and TV tubes, and many other mementos of his youth.

  3. Madeline, YES! Right across from the park, next to the First Congregational Church is the “East Bloomfield Historial Society”…so the sign reads. At the very bottom of the sign it says “Antique Wireless Association”. I would have included photos of that as well, but the setting sunlight kinda buggered the photos I took!

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