Industrial Hopewell: Railroad Place – References

Hopewell Chocolate Factory c1910
(Hopewell Dainties)

Here are references and links for the Industrial Hopewell historic walking tour and online webinar on Railroad Place, including the webinar video, presentation slides, tour handout, more detailed briefs on the individual properties, associated slide shows, and related Hopewell Museum videos.

These cover the large industrial buildings along Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough, including the Chocolate Factory, Tomato Factory, J. B. Hill and Sons, the Rockwell / Kooltronic facility, and more.

Presentation VideoPresentation Slides and Tour Handout
Property BriefsSlide ShowsMuseum Videos

** Update: See Hopewell 1965 and Railroad Place for new images of the FCA

Industrial Hopewell

Railroad Place 1932

By the early 1900s the area was established with multiple factories, and criss-crossed with railroad sidings. Many of the original buildings still stand today, although several were lost to arson. Some of these buildings are substantially unchanged from their original construction, and others show a variety of expansions and modifications over time. Some of these businesses and their successors then lasted 50 to 75 to over 100 years, before the buildings were adapted to their current uses.

Further down Somerset Street was used as an incubator area for starting new businesses, and also had a public skating pond and a town dump. However, unlike on Railroad Place, the physical record of that activity has been wiped clean, as a result of the site cleanup after contamination was identified starting in the 1990s.

The arrival of two railroads in the 1870s spurred the growth of the town of Hopewell. But local boosters also saw a greater opportunity, and invested in developing Railroad Place as an industrial district that could support larger-scale manufacturing.

Industrial Hopewell – Presentation Video

Online webinar held on June 10, 2021, and co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, The Hopewell Museum, the Hopewell Public Library, and the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library.

Industrial Hopewell – Presentation Slides and Tour Handout

== View the Presentation slides: Industrial Hopewell – Railroad Place (PDF) ==
A virtual tour of the industrial buildings along Railroad Place in Hopewell that explores the efforts of the town to grow an industrial district.

== View the Tour handout: Industrial Hopewell – Railroad Place (PDF) ==
Includes overviews of the entire industrial district, summaries of each of the properties, and additional information on Somerset Street.

Industrial Hopewell – Research Briefs

Information on the individual properties along Railroad Place, with more details and images (and links to full PDFs):

Railroad Place

Somerset Street

Railroads and Train Station

Industrial Hopewell – Slide Shows

Associated slide shows created for 2021 Hopewell Valley Heritage Week.

Industrial Hopewell – Museum Videos

See the Hopewell Museum Videos page for videos on some of these buildings, and showcasing other features of the Museum’s collections:

  • The Hopewell Tomato Canning Factory
  • Hopewell and the Chocolate Factory

2 thoughts on “Industrial Hopewell: Railroad Place – References

  1. […] One of the most exciting developments of the last year of the History Project has been the discovery of previously-unknown images of the Hopewell and Pennington train stations. These not only help illustrate the history of the two stations, but also show now-gone station buildings including the passenger sheds and sidings, the Pennington underpass, the Hopewell station from 1881 (only five years after the station was built), and other buildings along Railroad Place. […]

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