New Bloomfield, PA

The Heart of Perry County

New Bloomfield was founded in 1823 as one of the early Penn Manors and later  incorporated as Bloomfield Borough in 1831. New Bloomfield is home of the County Seat of Perry County, formed in 1820. The Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument situated in the center of the town square was placed there in 1898 as a tribute to the soldiers and sailors of Perry County who offered their lives as a sacrifice so this nation might live. New Bloomfield is full of small town charm.

Carson Long Military Academy, located in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, was the oldest continually operating college preparatory boarding school and military academy in the United States with mandatory military training for boys in grades 6-12. Maximum enrollment was approximately 200 students. Carson Long Military Academy was founded as Bloomfield Academy in 1836 by Robert Finley in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania as a Latin Grammar school with only six students. In 1840 the school was moved two blocks up the hill to its present location; the first building was constructed the same year and is still in use as a reception hall and museum. In 1842 the trustees decided to make the Academy a coeducational boarding school and for a short period of time in the early 1850s, the school was purchased and operated by the Perry County Commissioners. During the second half of the 19th century, the Latin Grammar Academy added a Normal School, which was a training school for teachers. In 1914 the school was purchased by Theodore K. Long, a graduate of Bloomfield Academy and Yale who became a prominent Chicago lawyer and city councilman. In 1916 he renamed the school Carson Long Institute as a living memorial to his son, William Carson Long, who died in a logging accident at an early age. It had been a nonprofit corporation since 1920 and governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees.

Things to do in New Bloomfield, PA

Historical Tours of Little Buffalo, Swimming and Recreation at Little Buffalo State Park.

Certain places just attract people. The cool, clear water of Little Buffalo Creek has been attracting people for centuries. American Indians frequented Little Buffalo Creek on hunting trips. Farmers and merchants used to gossip and pass news while the grain was ground at Shoaff’s Mill. Nearby, merchants, local people, and travelers met at Blue Ball Tavern. Today, thousands of people meet at Little Buffalo State Park to picnic, swim, fish, hike, and experience nature and history.

Little Buffalo State Park is a Pennsylvania state park on 923 acres in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is a historical destination as well as a recreational destination.. The park is also home to Holman Lake a popular fishing lake in New Bloomfield and several hundred acres are open to hunting, camping, and hiking.

Events are held year round to teach the community the rich history involving Little Buffalo and its importance to the community. Take a tour of Shoaff’s Mill. This mill has been used to grind wheat, buckwheat, cornmeal, and livestock feed. It was originally built by John McKeehan and James McGowan. In 1849 the Shoaff family purchased the mill and operated it until the 1940’s. In 1966 the mill and adjacent property was sold to Pennsylvania DCNR and became a part of the Little Buffalo State Park. The mill is functional and is operated for demonstrations and educational events. Attend the Old Fashioned Apple Festival each fall to see demonstrations of cider squeezing, apple butter boiling, and corn grinding at historic Shoaff’s Mill in Little Buffalo State Park. Sample fresh squeezed cider and cornbread while enjoying live entertainment.


Dining in New Bloomfield

Small town cuisine

New Bloomfield is a great place to eat country home cooking! Mama’s Pizza is just off the square. Small town “mom and pop” restaurants offer some of the best cooking. This is a family owned Italian restaurant, offering a wide variety of Italian cuisine. Also right in town, New Bloomfield’s County Seat Restaurant, offers a peaceful country kitchen setting. The locals know that this is a wonderful place to enjoy a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner! This is the classic diner experience you see in the movies. The staff will quickly know you by name, the locals will come on a regular basis, and there are enough specials to appeal to everyone’s appetite. Lawyers, Doctors, Farmers, Politicians, and many more all sit together to enjoy great food and great conversation.