Hopewell Valley History Project

A volunteer effort to collect, digitize, organize, and share the history of the Hopewell Valley in Mercer County, New Jersey.

The Hopewell Valley History Project is a new volunteer effort to collect and organize the important sources of our local heritage in digital form, and share them online for open and convenient access.

We are posting curated copies of materials already in digital format, including historic ebooks and scanned maps, and also seeking out paper documents and images to manually photograph and scan for the site.

  • See the Reference Guides for printable overviews of the available materials and references for future research.
  • See the Book Archives and Map Archives for primary reference materials of our local history, the associated Reference Guides, and interactive tables to explore the collection and view the files.
  • See the Image Archives for images of buildings from historic books and postcards, organized by street address and date within each town.
  • See the Blog Posts for updates on changes and additions to the site, and for more information on specific topics.

Join Us

Join us to help share our local history with the community. For more information, email us info@hopewellhistoryproject.org.

  • Collect and organize historical material on interesting topics
  • Digitize and transcribe historical materials
  • Write summaries on important people, places, houses, etc.

Reference Guides – Printable Listings

The Books and Maps Reference Guides include several types of printable guides (PDF), including Galleries with images and catalogs of available sources and materials, Chronologies with listings of all the materials in the archives (plus other interesting related material) with additional information, and Sources Guides with references for further investigation (especially digital).


Digital Archives – Tables of Resources

The Digital Archives contain copies of resource files for convenient browsing, plus printable Reference Guides with links to additional external resources. Browse all materials, or specific types:

  • Digital Archives – All materials in all formats
  • Book Archives – Historic books and pamphlets back to the early 1900’s (large PDFs)
  • Map Archives – Maps of the Hopewell Valley region, including historic maps covering the region, municipal maps (e.g., tax and zoning), and other formats.

Quick search of all Archives, with listings of available materials. Search, sort, and filter as desired.

ViewTypeYearTitleSourcetype2_hfilter
Book > Historic1896Hopewell Celebration 120th Anniv. of Decl. of Indep. (1896) – Normer GrayGoogbook historic-book
Book > Historic1908Pioneers of Old Hopewell (1908/1963) – Ralph Ege [10M]Googbook historic-book
Book > Historic1875Historical Atlas of Mercer County, N.J. (1875) – Everts & Stewart [130M]LoCbook historic-book
Book > Historic19091909 Hopewell N.J. (1909) – Fry & Whitehead – photocopyHPLbook historic-book
Map > Historic1706“A New Mapp of East and West New Jarsey” (1706) – WorlidgeLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1779Hessian Manuscript Map of Central New Jersey (1779) – Hw AreaWJHPhistoric map
Map > Historic1779Hessian Manuscript Map of Central New Jersey (1779)WJHPhistoric map
Map > Historic1781A Sketch of the Northern Parts of New Jersey (1781) – HillsLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1849Mercer Cty from Original Surveys (1849) – Otley & Keily – HwBoro [HVHS]LoChistoric map
Map > Historic1849Mercer Cty from Original Surveys (1849) – Otley & Keily – HwTwp [HVHS]LoChistoric map
Map > Historic1849Mercer Cty from Original Surveys (1849) – Otley & Keily – Hw BoroLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1849Mercer Cty from Original Surveys (1849) – Otley & Keily – HwBoro detailLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1849Mercer Cty from Original Surveys (1849) – Otley & KeilyLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1860Map of Phila & Trenton (1860) – Lake and Beers – HwTwp [HVHS]NJSLhistoric map
Map > Aerial1926Hopewell Twp area – Fairchild Aerial (1926) – Im 16NJSAaerial map
Map > Aerial1926Hopewell Twp area – Fairchild Aerial (1926) – Set (ZIP)NJSAaerial map
Book > Historic1897Healthful Historic Hopewell (1897) – Normer Gray (PDF)HMbook historic-book
Book > Historic1897Healthful Historic Hopewell (1897) – Normer Gray (text)HMbook historic-book
Map > Historic1849Mercer Cty from Original Surveys (1849) – Otley & Keily [20M]LoChistoric map
Book > Historic19091909 Hopewell N.J. (1909) – Fry & WhiteheadHPLbook historic-book
Map > Historic1875Map of Mercer County (1875) – Everts & StewartLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Hopewell Twp (1875) – Everts & StewartLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Pennington, Hopewell, Titusville (1875) – Everts & StewartLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1860Map of Phila & Trenton (1860) – Lake and Beers – HwBoro [HVHS]NJSLhistoric map
Map > Historic1860Map of Phila & Trenton (1860) – Lake and BeersNJSLhistoric map
Map > Historic1860Map of Phila & Trenton (1860) – Lake and Beers – HwTwpNJSLhistoric map
Map > Historic1860Map of Phila & Trenton (1860) – Lake and Beers – PenningtonNJSLhistoric map
Map > Historic1872Topographical Map of Mercer County (1872) – Beers – HwBoroDRhistoric map
Map > Historic1872Topographical Map of Mercer County (1872) – BeersDRhistoric map
Map > Historic1873Atlas of N.J. (1873) – Hopkins – MercerDRhistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Hopewell Boro (1875) – Everts & Stewart – detail (HM)LoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Hopewell Boro (1875) – Everts & Stewart (HM)LoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Hopewell Twp (1875) – Everts & Stewart – HwBoro (HM/HVHS)LoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Hopewell Twp (1875) – Everts & Stewart (HM/HVHS)LoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Pennington Boro (1875) – Everts & StewartLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Titusville (1875) – Everts & StewartLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Hopewell Twp (1875) – Everts & Stewart – HwBoro detailLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1860Map of Phila & Trenton (1860) – Lake and Beers – Mercer Cty [10M]NJSLhistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Hopewell Boro (1875) – Everts & StewartLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1875Map of Mount Rose (1875) – Everts & StewartLoChistoric map
Map > Historic1887Hopewell, N.J. – Pano (1887) – Fowler [HM] – editedHMhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Hopewell, N.J. – Pano (1887) – Fowler [HM]HMhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Hopewell, New Jersey (1887) – Fowler [HM] – detailHMhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Pennington, N.J. – Pano (1887) – Fowler [HVHS]HVHShistoric map
Map > Historic1903Hopewell Twp (1903) – Pugh & Downing [HVHS] – HwBoroPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1903Hopewell Twp (1903) – Pugh & Downing [HVHS]PrUnivhistoric map
Map > Muni1893Hopewell Boro Boundary Map (1893)MCCOmap muni
Map > Muni1915Hopewell Boro Boundaries (1915)NJSAmap muni
Map > Historic1903Mercer Cty (1903) – Pugh & DowningHVHShistoric map
Map > Historic1903Mercer Cty (1903) – Pugh & Downing – HwBoroHVHShistoric map
Map > Historic1905Driving Map of Mercer Cty (1905) – MuellerPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1905Driving Map of Mercer Cty (1905) – Mueller – HwBoro detailPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1905Driving Map of Mercer Cty (1905) – Mueller – HwTwp detail [11M]PrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1903Mercer Cty (1903) – Pugh & Downing – HwTwpPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Topo map of Flemington area (1887) – BienDRhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Topo map of Flemington area (1887) – Bien [23M]DRhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Topo map of Flemington area (1887) – Bien – HwBoroDRhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Topo Map of Trenton area (1887) – BienDRhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Topo Map of Trenton area (1887) – Bien [23M]DRhistoric map
Map > Historic1887Topo Map of Trenton area (1887) – Bien – HwBoroDRhistoric map
Map > Muni1915Hopewell Twp Tax Map (1915) – Hw Boro (PDF 15M)HwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1915Hopewell Twp Tax Map (1915) – Ralston (PDF 15M)HwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1915Hopewell Twp Tax Map (1915) – Hw Boro North (PDF 15M)HwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni2007Hopewell Boro Zoning Map (2007) (PDF)HwBoromap muni
Map > Muni2019Hopewell Boro Tax Map (2019) (PDF)HwBoromap muni
Map > Muni2017Hopewell Twp Tax Map (2017) – Hw BoroHwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni2017Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (2017) – Full set (PDF 23M)HwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni2017Hopewell Twp Tax Map (2017) – Ralston (PDF)HwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1963Hopewell Twp Roads Map (1963) – Hw BoroHPLmap muni
Map > Muni1963Hopewell Twp Roads Map (1963)HPLmap muni
Map > Muni1948Hopewell Boro Zoning Map (1948)HwBoromap muni
Map > Muni1916Hopewell Boro Tax Map (1916)NJSAmap muni
Book > Historic1883History of Burlington and Mercer Ctys (1883) – Woodward & Hageman [140M]HathiTrustbook historic-book
Map > Muni1941Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (1941) – Hw Boro areaHwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1948Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (1948) – Hw Boro areaHwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1951Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (1951) – Hw Boro areaHwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1968Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (1968) – Hw Boro areaHwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1969Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (1969) – Hw Boro areaHwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1972Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (1972) – Hw Boro areaHwTwpmap muni
Map > Muni1983Hopewell Twp Tax Maps (1983) – Hw Boro areaHwTwpmap muni
Book > Historic1883History of Burlington and Mercer Ctys (1883) – Woodward & Hageman – MercerCty [59M]HathiTrustbook historic-book
Book > Historic1883History of Burlington and Mercer Ctys (1883) – Woodward & Hageman (text)HathiTrustbook historic-book
Book > Historic1876Historical Sketch of Hopewell, Centennial speech (July 4, 1876)HPL/HMbook historic-book
Book > Historic1868Historical Collections of the State of N.J. in 1865 – Barber & Howe [22M]Googbook historic-book
Map > Historic1890Fire Map of Hopewell Boro (1890) – ScarlettHRhistoric map
Map > Historic1890Fire Map of Titusville (1890) – ScarlettHRhistoric map
Map > Historic1890Fire Map of Pennington (1890) – SanbornPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1895Fire Map of Pennington (1895) – SanbornPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1902Fire Map of Pennington (1902) – SanbornPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1911Fire Map of Pennington (1911) – SanbornPrUnivhistoric map
Map > Historic1902Fire map of Hopewell Boro (1902) – SanbornPrUnivhistoric map
Book > Historic1882Historical Sketch of Old School Baptist Church (1882) – PuringtonPBLbook historic-book
Book > Historic1876History of Presbyterian Church at Pennington (1876) – HaleGoogbook historic-book
Map > Historic1946Hopewell Twp – N.J. Fire Rating Map (1946)Rutgershistoric map
Map > Historic1949Hopewell Boro – N.J. Fire Rating Map (1949)Rutgershistoric map
Map > Historic1950Pennington Boro – N.J. Fire Rating Map (1950)Rutgershistoric map
Map > Aerial1972Pennington Boro DEP Aerial Photo (1972)Rutgersaerial map
Book > Historic1931Town Records of Hopewell (1931) – Colonial Dames (Extract)HPLbook historic-book
Book > Historic1963Hopewell Valley (1963) – League Women Voters (Intro)HPLbook historic-book
Book > Historic1947Be It Ever So Humble (1947) – Dean Ashton (Intro)HPLbook historic-book
Book > Historic2003A Stroll Through Historic Hopewell (2003) – Audrey Jones (Intro)HPLbook historic-book
Map > Historic1875Map of Pennington, Hopewell, Titusville (1875) – Everts & Stewart [HVHS]HVHShistoric map
Map > Aerial1931Pennington, Hopewell, Jacob’s Creek – Aerials (1931) – Mercer Master PlanHVHSaerial map
Map > Aerial1975Hopewell Boro area- Aerials (1975) – Mercer RE AtlasHVHSaerial map
Map > Historic1887Hopewell, N.J. – Pano (1887) – Fowler [HM] – KeyHMhistoric map
Book > Historic1882Industries Of N.J. – Part I. incl. Pennington & Hopewell (1882) – EdwardsGoogbook historic-book
Book > Historic1882Industries Of N.J. – Part I (1882) – Edwards – Extract Hw TwpGoogbook historic-book
Book > Historic1985Hopewell Cultural Survey (1985) – Hopewell BoroHMbook historic-book
Book > Historic1830An Epitome of Universal Geography w/ 60 Maps (1830) – HaleGoogbook historic-book
Book > Historic1872State Atlas of New Jersey (1872) – BeersRutgersbook historic-book
Book > Historic1888Atlas of New Jersey, Geological Survey (1888) – Bien [Extract – NJ & HV]Princetonbook historic-book
Book > Historic1886General Atlas Of The World (1886) – ColtonDRbook historic-book
Map > Historic1778Map of Province of New Jersey (1778) – FadenPrincetonhistoric map
Map > Historic1778Map of Province of New Jersey (1778) – Faden – Mercer Co.Princetonhistoric map
Map > Historic1830Map of New Jersey (1830) – Hale – Universal GeographyGooglehistoric map
Map > Historic1886Map of New Jersey (1886) Colton – General AtlasDRhistoric map
Book > Historic1987Hopewell’s Past (1987) – Betty GantzHPLbook historic-book
Book > Historic1996Hopewell RR Station Preservation Plan (1996)HwBorobook historic-book
Book > Historic1981Operating Passenger RR Stations in NJ – Historical Survey (1981)NRHPbook historic-book
Book > Historic1974Natl Register Nomination – Pennington RR Station (1974)NRHPbook historic-book
Book > Historic1981Natl Register – NJ Transit RR Station Survey: Hopewell (1981)NRHPbook historic-book
Book > Historic1984Natl Register / Passenger RR Stations Thematic NominationNRHPbook historic-book
Book > Historic1979Hopewell Borough Master Plan (1979)HwBorobook historic-book
Book > Historic1910Bell Telephone Directory – Hopewell (1910)DHSbook historic-book
Book > Historic2019Hopewell Railroad Research – Porter (2019)RPbook historic-book
Map > Historic1777Washington in New Jersey – Faden (1777)LoChistoric map
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Image Digital Archives

The Image Digital Archives currently include photos and postcards of buildings in Hopewell Borough.

Some images are scanned / photographed from historic books (around 1900), and others were kindly contributed by local authors, photographers, and postcard collectors.

The Image Reference Guide summarizes and describes the available sets of images, including the sources / contributors and the naming conventions used for the files.

The Image Archives currently are hosted on Google Drive. You can browse by image or name, and view and download the images.

The files are named by street address and year for convenient searching and sorting. This makes it easy to compare images along the same street, at the same address in different years, or from different sources.


Recent Posts – Site Updates

Listing of recent blog posts with updates on new additions. Search, sort, and filter as desired.

ImageTitleSummaryCategoriesAuthorDate
Hopewell Railroad Research
Hopewell Railroad Research

Rick Porter has kindly contributed a package of Hopewell railroad research material that clarifies the …

Places, Updates12th December 2019
Hopewell Valley History Project - Talk Slides
Hopewell Valley History Project – Talk Slides

Our public introduction of the Hopewell Valley History Project and this site was held on …

Updates10th December 2019
November 2019 Update
November 2019 Update

It’s been a busy month, with several major additional already covered in blog posts, so …

Updates1st December 2019
Hopewell Valley History Project - The Talk
Hopewell Valley History Project – The Talk

Our public introduction of this site and the Hopewell Valley History Project will be the …

Updates22nd November 2019
Railroad Stations in the National Register of Historic Places
Railroad Stations in the National Register of Historic Places

The railroad stations in Hopewell and Pennington boroughs are both listed on the National Register …

Places, Properties22nd November 2019
House and Street Images
House and Street Images

We have expand from collecting books and maps into assembling images of local buildings and …

Properties16th November 2019
Hopewell's Past by Betty Gantz
Hopewell’s Past by Betty Gantz

We are thrilled to announce that the site now includes the Hopewell’s Past book by …

Properties10th November 2019
New Jersey Maps and Atlases
New Jersey Maps and Atlases

We’ve added some interesting historic maps of New Jersey, and some of the early Atlases …

Updates5th November 2019
October 2019 Update
October 2019 Update

As of the end of October 2019, the site has 108 files posted, including 86 …

Updates5th November 2019
Hopewell Borough Cultural Resource Survey
Hopewell Borough Cultural Resource Survey

If you’re interested in the history and architecture of our local communities, it might interest …

Places, Properties10th October 2019
September 2019 Update
September 2019 Update

As of the end of September 2019, the site has 106 files posted, including 86 …

Updates30th September 2019
August 2019 Update
August 2019 Update

As of the end of September 2019, the site has 95 files posted, including 82 …

Updates31st August 2019
The Mystery of Honey Hollow / Richard Hunter
The Mystery of Honey Hollow / Richard Hunter

On Sunday, June 9, 2019, Richard Hunter of Hunter Research presented a talk on “The …

Properties26th July 2019
The Hopewell "Castle" in the News
The Hopewell “Castle” in the News

Diccon Hyatt recently wrote a feature article for the U.S. 1 Newspaper, “Uncovering the Dark …

Properties26th July 2019
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