Tomatoes and milk, chocolates and lumber – just some of the products that helped Hopewell grow after the arrival of the railroads in the 1870s.
This Thursday, October 27, Doug Dixon will present Life in 1900s Hopewell with the Arrival of the Railroad, exploring how the arrival of the railroad drove the development of Hopewell into the town that we know today.
This Sourland Conservancy talk will be at the Hopewell Train Station, so there is limited space and advance registration is required – Click Here to Register
See the presentation Video and References for Hopewell with the Arrival of the Railroad.
We will first visualize the growth of the town of Hopewell through historical town maps, expanding from its origins along the Old School Baptist Church on West Broad Street – along east Broad and then north and south.
The maps also show the development of industrial sites along Model Avenue and Railroad Place that helped provide jobs for the town, and a path to market for local farmers through the Saw Mill, Creamery, and Tomato Canning Factory.
Then we will dig deeper into the feel of the time through the words of the people of Hopewell, and from seeing their actions – as they continually invested their time and money to create the kind of town where they wanted to live.
They volunteered and raised funds for community organizations including the library and the museum. They worked and invested to build services including banks, fire companies, and the water company. And they continued to promote the town by funding associations to encourage new business through land grants and financial support.
This work and these investments by our forbearers in the late 1800s and early 1900s created the Hopewell that we know today. They founded our town institutions including the Hopewell Fire Department, Public Library, and Museum. And they built our charming historical streetscape, with the many local buildings that were their residences, businesses, and industrial sites.
- Talk this Thurs., Oct 27 – Life in 1900s Hopewell With the Arrival of the Railroad
Please contact us if you have – or know of – historical Hopewell materials that we can save and share before they are lost – from photos and documents to mementos and memories.