Hopewell Quarry Swim Club Photo Gallery

Quarry Sign – 2017 [Nancy Kennedy]

The “Memories of the Hopewell Quarry: Stones to Swimming” talk is this Wednesday, September 6 at 7 pm, at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church or online over Zoom.

This profusely illustrated presentation by Doug Dixon starts back in the late 1800s with the development of quarrying in the Hopewell Valley to generate crushed stone for local roads. It then traces the development of the Hopewell Quarry over the last century from an informal swimming hole into an organized swim club.

Along the way, we will celebrate the entrepreneurs, individuals, and families who sustained, improved, and preserved both the quarry property and the swim club.

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Hopewell Quarry Photo Gallery

Thanks our kind contributors, the Hopewell Quarry Swim Club photo gallery now has over 150 Hopewell Quarry photos, showing the development of the site from the 1920s to the current day. The image files also are tagged with dates and descriptive terms for searching.

We also have some Hopewell Quarry documents and ephemera, including flyers and newsletters, membership cards and membership forms.

Over 150 Hopewell Quarry photos shared in the Image Galley

Water Carnival Photos

As one example, these photos show a 1963 Water Carnival organized by Dezzie Casey with the American Red Cross. The large crowd along the shore is enjoying swimming, diving, and boating exhibitions.

These Carnivals were held through the 1950s and 1960s. The 1976 newspaper ad shows a reprise of the event, with “NCAA Divers and Clown Divers” from a 30 foot platform, and the “spectacular finale” with a 100 foot Cliff Dive off the rock wall of the quarry pit. [Franklin News Record 8/5/1976]

Thanks particularly to Marcia Lowe & Julie Osborn, Nancy Kennedy, Terry Devlin, and Rich Anderson for kindly sharing their photo collections.

We welcome additional historic images and other materials that we can share related to the Hopewell Valley quarries and the Hopewell Quarry.

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