The Hopewell Quarry Swim Club, west of Hopewell Borough, was once the site of a rock quarry that operated from the 1890s to around 1920, making crushed stone for local roads. And the stone crusher equipment there did provide the name for the adjacent Crusher Road.
In this profusely illustrated presentation, Doug Dixon surveys this century and a quarter of local history, from stones to swimming. First, we trace the development of quarries in the Hopewell area, driven by taxpayer demand to improve the local dirt roads. Then, we explore how the Hopewell quarry site evolved as a swim club for over a century.
This is a story of the dedicated efforts by a handful of entrepreneurs and families to preserve and enhance this local resource for over a century.
See below for the presentation video and slides, and other Hopewell Quarry material, from the Memories of the Hopewell Quarry: Stones to Swimming presentation by Douglas Dixon, held on September 6, 2023 at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, and online.
Hopewell Quarry History
The Hopewell Quarry has a nearly 150 year history, first as a rock quarry making crushed stone for local roads, and then evolving into the swimming club that we know today.
Posts – with summaries of the Quarry and Swim Club
Hopewell History Briefs
Full research papers with much more detail on the history and people of the Hopewell Quarry, plus references for this information:
Hopewell Quarry – Presentation Video and Slides
The Memories of the Hopewell Quarry: Stones to Swimming presentation by Douglas Dixon, held on September 6, 2023 at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, and online.
Hopewell Public Library Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum.
- Download the Presentation slides (PDF)
Hopewell Quarry – Media
The History Project Image Gallery has over 150 images from a variety of contributors in the Hopewell Quarry gallery, from the 1920s and 1930s to the 2020s.
The History Project YouTube channel has several 1940s video clips of swimming activities at the quarry, including in the water and off the rock cliffs, plus several additional external videos on the quarry history and on stone-breaking equipment.
- Post on Hopewell Quarry Swim Club Photo Gallery – 150+ photos
- Image Gallery – Quarry Swim Club photos
- Post on 1940s Hopewell Videos – Hopewell Quarry Swim Club
- 1940s Hopewell Quarry videos on the History Project YouTube channel
Related External Videos
- See the Hopewell Quarry History videos on the History Project YouTube Channel
We welcome additional information and materials on the Hopewell Quarry to share.
More on the Hopewell Quarry and Swim Club
- Talk – Memories of the Hopewell Quarry: Stones to Swimming
- Video and References for the Hopewell Quarry Presentation
History / Posts
- The Founding of the Hopewell Quarry – history
- The Evolution of the Hopewell Quarry Swimming Hole – history in photos
- Hopewell Quarry Swim Club Photo Gallery – 150+ photos
- Hopewell Quarry Swim Club – Boats and Floats – in photos
- Quarry Swim Club Photos – 1950s and 60s
- 1940s Hopewell Videos – Hopewell Quarry Swim Club