The Hopewell Inn presentation is coming this Wednesday, May 3, at 7 pm.
Discover the forgotten history of the people who reimagined, repurposed, and reinvigorated the property to allow it to continue as a central part of Hopewell life for almost 150 years.
And take a visual tour of the building as we knew it – including the upstairs rooms, cellar, and foundations – to uncover clues to how the building was reworked over the years.
We also will have some artifacts from the Inn that were preserved at the Hopewell Museum.
The Story of the Hopewell Inn – and the People Who Sustained It
Douglas Dixon, Hopewell Valley History Project
Wed., May 3, 2023, 7 pm – Free and open to the public
– Attend in person – at the Hopewell Theater, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell, NJ
– Or join online via Zoom – Click to Register Only for the Zoom Presentation
Hopewell Public Library Speaker Series
Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum
Old and New Foundations – Construction Begins
Meanwhile, work on the new building has started with digging for the foundations. The construction is projected to take around 15 months.
Explore the old building foundations as revealed during the demolition in July 2022. Drone photos and video courtesy of Steve Webb.
For more about the almost 150 year history of the Hopewell Inn – the people and the building – attend the upcoming talk on “The Story of the Hopewell Inn – and the People Who Sustained It,” this Wednesday, May 3 at 7 pm. You can come in person to the Hopewell Theater, or join online via Zoom.
Click for full information and Zoom registration.
We welcome additional information, photos, and materials on the history of the Hopewell Inn, and on buildings in the Hopewell Valley in general.
More on the Hopewell Inn – 15 East Broad
The Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn building at 15 East Broad Street on the corner of Seminary Avenue was demolished in July 2022. Long known as the Central Hotel, the building had a nearly 150 year history as a residential home and store, bar and restaurant, and lodging and apartments.
- Presentation description – The Story of the Hopewell Inn – and the People Who Sustained It
- Presentation video and references – The Story of the Hopewell Inn – Video and References
Hopewell Inn History
- The Hopewell Inn / Central Hotel – Summary of the property’s history
- Full History Brief – 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell – Hopewell Inn (c1878) (PDF)
Hopewell Inn Information
- Hopewell Images During the Lindbergh Kidnapping (1932) – Exterior photos
- Seeing What’s Different – Changes to the Hopewell Inn – 4 phases in the building’s design
- Inside the Hopewell Inn – 1932 – Interior photos
- 1975 Video at the Hopewell Inn Bar – Clip of patrons at the bar
- History Map – 15 East Broad – Town map and historical images
Hopewell Inn Tours – 2022
- Hopewell Inn Tour – Panoramas, Videos, Photos
- Tour Panoramas – Browse 180- and 360-degree Pans in Panorama Collection
- Tour Videos – Video walkthroughs of the first, second, and third floors (YouTube)
- Tour Image Gallery – 130 images of a photo walkthrough of the building and the basement
Hopewell Inn Memorabilia
- Hopewell Inn Memorabilia – Building and artifacts
- Memorabilia Image Gallery – Hopewell Inn Memorabilia album
Hopewell Inn Demolition – July 2022
- Hopewell Inn Demolition Updates – Photos and Videos
- Demolition Image Gallery – Hopewell Inn Demolition album
- Demolition Videos – Hopewell Inn Demolition Videos (YouTube)