Abner Adams Family History

In 1789, Deacon John Adams arrived in "Bloomfield Colony" with his wife, Chloe Rose Adams. Deacon John, after serving in the Revolutionary war, arrived as a cattleman from Alford, Mass. As years passed, John was recognized as the "Father of Bloomfield Colony."

The eighth child born to the Adams Family on March 15, 1772 was Abner Adams. Abner married Hannah Rowley on October 4, 1798 and raised 6 children. December 7, 1795 Abner bought 100 acres of land from his sister and brother-in-law, Chloe and Ephraim Reu. This was not officially recorded until January 15, 1811 when Abner purchased an additional 55 1/2 acres. Abner built "The Abner Adams House" circa 1810. He made his living through farming and helped to co-found the "Farmers Store Co-op," later named "The Trading Post." The remains of which can be viewed on Main Street, Bloomfield today.

The House

It is believed that this house was built some where around 1810 – 1812. Bricks were made in Bloomfield as early as 1804, so it is assumed that the house was made of local material. The brick walls are 8" thick. The Masons who built the house were JAS. Merrit, along with Enock and Smith Wilcox. The house sits on a hill with its formal front facade overlooking Main Street. The front facade is symmetrical with twelve over twelve windows on either side of the entrance.

The center rear hall of the home contains an open, pine staircase, very simple in design, with plain balusters, and a plain oak newel post. The staircase ascends to a small landing with steep steps to the right, leading to a bedroom, and steep steps to the left, which enter the second-story hall. The staircase surrounding the second floor is unique for its time because it is free standing, with no pillars for support.

The interior of the home features 6 original fireplaces. Three on the first floor, two on the second floor and a second cooking fireplace with a beehive oven in the basement.

Abner Adams and the Erie Canal

In 1835, Abner sold his home to his son Myron and moved to a location west of Rochester where he became a contractor in the construction of a portion of the Erie Canal. The town where they settled would later be named Adams Basin in his honor.

Hannah Adams' brother, Josiah Rowley, also became an important canal contractor, responsible for the famous engineering accomplishment called "The Great Embankment" in Bushnells Basin.

The Author

Samuel Hopkins Adams (1871-1958) Born-Dunkirk, N.Y., died Beaufort (Battery Creek), S.C.

Samuel Hopkins Adams was the great, great, grandson of Deacon John Adams, great, grandson of Abner Adams, grandson of Myron Adams, and son of the Rev. Myron and Rose Adams. Samuel was a 5th generation Adams family graduate of Hamilton College. Samuel would be known to have started the football program at the college prior to graduating in 1891 and would then go on to become a writer for the New York Sun and publish many well-known novels and movie titles of the early 1900s. Among his novels were "Canal Town," "Banner by the Wayside," "Grandfather Stories" (written on stories told by Grandfather Myron Adam), "Widow Beebe" (about Grandfather Myron's second wife), "Sunrise to sunset," "A. Woollcott," and "Plunder." Samuel, who was very appreciative of the qualities of the City of Rochester, is known for founding School #3 in the city.

Four of Samuel Hopkins Adams books can be read and admired while you stay at the Abner Adams House Bed and Breakfast.

The Bed and Breakfast

In December of 2005, the Dobbersteins became the 18th owners of the Abner Adams House. Bob and Lynda opened the Abner Adams House Bed and Breakfast June 4th, 2006, featuring 3 1/2 beautiful, open and wooded, acres of land.

The home offers modern, comfortable amenities for guests, while maintaining the 200-year-old integrity of the home. Bathrooms were added, providing guests with their own private bathrooms. The house is structured so that the guests have full use of the Dining Room and Keeping Room without having to share with the Innkeepers (the Innkeepers have separate living quarters).

A truly American bed and breakfast with lots of guest privacy and lots of space to enjoy. Guests do not feel the need to stay in their room-they're likely to spend time in the Keeping Room while reading the daily newspapers or watching movies, or sitting on the porches or walking the trails, enjoying the quiet.

Scores of satisfied guests have visited the Abner Adams House from Alaska to Great Britain to Australia. We have had many returning guests, and guests who have extended their stay. Bloomfield offers the perfect location for a destination vacation. We are within 30 minutes of Rochester, Canandaigua, and the Wine Trails. There is so much to do and see from the Abner Adams House Bed and Breakfast.

Abner Adams Family

In 1789, Deacon John Adams and his wife Chloe Rose Adams settled in 'Bloomfield Colony.' The Adams had five sons and six daughters.

Abner Adams, the eighth child of Deacon John and Chloe Adams. Born March 15, 1772 in Alford, Mass. and died December 18, 1847, Adams Basin, N.Y.

On October 4, 1798, Abner married Hannah Rowley, born March 15, 1777 in Berkshire, Mass. and died September 16, 1849, Adams Basin, NY.

Abner and Hannah's children:

March 1803
April 1806

In the 1820s, Sophie opened a widely recognized Select School for Girls at the present Abner Adams House

Abner Adams House, History of ownership

  • Circa 1789 property owned by Ephrian and Chloe Reu
  • 1795 - Abner Adams purchases 100 acres
  • 1810 - Abner Adams House started
  • 1811- Abner Adams purchases 55 1/2 additional acres (First official Recording of property transactions)
  • 1835 – Myron Adams (son of Abner)
  • 1871 – Samuel Stafford
  • 1887 – Orchestra Stafford
  • 1907 – Belle Stafford (archive photo)
  • 1921 – Herbert Howard
  • 1938 – Holden Howard
  • 1939 – Alfred and Arlene Dahl
  • 1943 – Douglas and Elizabeth Morton
  • 1950 – Fenton and Jean Hamilton
  • 1951 – Horace and Mary Lash
  • 1955 – Langden and Ellen Clay
  • 1959 – Harold and Helen Hale
  • 1964 – David and Carlene Lankton
  • 1978 – Joseph Calnan
  • 1979 – Neil and Janet McEachren
  • 1986 – Gavin (Corky) and Mary Lee Strakosh
  • 2005 – Robert G. and Lynda Dobberstein (Abner Adams House B&B)


Abner Adams House Bed and Breakfast
2 Howard Avenue
Bloomfield, NY 14469
(585) 657-4681 . (888) 657-4682