All Roads Lead To Bloomingdale: 19th Century Crossroads Village Blooms Anew In The 21st Century


If Thornton Wilder had looked a little farther west, he might have set his Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town” not in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire but in the Adirondack Mountain village of Bloomingdale. In the 1840s, the banks of a humble stretch of brook, a tributary of the Saranac River, gave rise to a settlement that flourishes—quietly and soulfully, in the vein of “Our Town”—to this day. Bloomingdale has had its ups and downs. Yet from its children’s playground and ballfield behind the fire house to its once-grand Main Street to its two placid cemeteries, this is a place where people live, love, raise families, grow old, and return to the Earth with dignity, sustained through it all by a genuine and touching love of home and neighbors.

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