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Discovering Hopewell History – Photos from 1939

How can we find out about Hopewell history, and make sense of family photos like these 1939 Hopewell street scenes contributed by Doug Robbins? While these were originally shot as snapshots of Rena Wolfe, they are interesting to us because they show the two buildings that are diagonally across Broad Street and Greenwood Avenue. However, … Continue reading Discovering Hopewell History – Photos from 1939

The Game of Hopewell Valley

This is “The Game of Hopewell Valley” from 1993 – not to be confused with “The Game of Hopewell [Boro]” from 1985 (see earlier post). Both are Monopoly-like board games, complete with property and chance cards – and stacks of play money. The “Hopewell” game was created by the 1985 Hopewell Community Day and features … Continue reading The Game of Hopewell Valley

Hopewell Inn Memorabilia

The Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn building – at 15 East Broad Street on the corner of Seminary Avenue – is being prepped for demolition. It will be rebuilt as an upscale restaurant and apartments, with a historically familiar design based on the heyday of the building around the 1930s (see MercerMe article). The building, … Continue reading Hopewell Inn Memorabilia

Yard Sailing for Local History

It’s Hopewell Borough’s annual Town-Wide Yard Sale weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12. So as you clear out the attic and browse the sales – this weekend and this summer – please be on the lookout for historic artifacts that we can preserve and share here on the History Project site. Here are … Continue reading Yard Sailing for Local History

Twin Pine Airport – 1960s Fly-In Photos

Here are some photos from Roger Labaw of a fly-in at the Twin Pine Airport in the early 1960s. Twin Pine was located on a 51-acre site at the northwest side of the intersection of Lawrenceville-Pennington Road and Federal City Road. The property is now the Twin Pines Recreation Area, home to numerous soccer fields … Continue reading Twin Pine Airport – 1960s Fly-In Photos

Seminary Avenue Tour – References

References and links for the Seminary Avenue Historic Walking Tour, which also included East Broad Street and South Greenwood Avenue. The tour was held the weekend of Saturday, May 21, as part of Hopewell Valley Heritage Week. See the References for the tour below, including the Handout, plus briefs on Seminary Ave. and East Broad … Continue reading Seminary Avenue Tour – References

May 2022 Update – Seminary Ave.

The May updates to the History Project were focused on the Seminary Avenue walking tour, with posts and briefs and images of the streets and properties along the route. Additional posts focused on Memorial Day observances, and told the story of of how the news came to Hopewell of its first son who was killed … Continue reading May 2022 Update – Seminary Ave.

Memorial Day – Hopewell’s First Fatality in WW II

This is the story of how the news came to Hopewell of its first son who was killed in World War II – Irvin D. Van Nest, Jr. (1916-1943). The story is told by Dean Ashton, who published over 50 issues of his “Hopewell News” news-sheet during the war, with a distribution of over 500 … Continue reading Memorial Day – Hopewell’s First Fatality in WW II

Memorial Day Weekend Veterans Services

This Memorial Day weekend, Hopewell Valley American Legion Post 339 will conduct cemetery and monument services on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at multiple locations in Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, and Pennington Borough, respectively (i.e., in the mornings before the borough parades). The Hopewell Valley Veterans Association (HVVA) also will conduct an observance at the Veterans … Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend Veterans Services