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Hopewell Railroad Research

Rick Porter has kindly contributed a package of Hopewell railroad research material that clarifies the construction of the Hopewell Railroad Station and the path of the Mercer & Somerset railroad tracks through Hopewell Borough. The date of the construction of the Hopewell station is surprisingly inconsistent in various sources. We now have extracts from the … Continue reading Hopewell Railroad Research

Hopewell Valley History Project – Talk Slides

Our public introduction of the Hopewell Valley History Project and this site was held on Wednesday, December 4, sponsored by the Hopewell Public Library. We filled the space at the Hopewell Train Station, and also brought along some historical books and maps to review. The evening resulted in some good discussions, and the discovery of … Continue reading Hopewell Valley History Project – Talk Slides

November 2019 Update

It’s been a busy month, with several major additional already covered in blog posts, so here’s the summary. We finished the month with 123 files in the Archives, including 32 books and documents and 91 maps and aerials (see Updates). Books and Documents Added the Hopewell’s Past book by Betty Gantz, through the kind support … Continue reading November 2019 Update

Hopewell Valley History Project – The Talk

Our public introduction of this site and the Hopewell Valley History Project will be the first Wednesday, December 4, held at the Hopewell Train Station as part of the Hopewell Public Library Wednesday Night Out series. The Hopewell Valley History Project Wednesday, December 4,  7 pm Hopewell Train Station, 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell NJ Free … Continue reading Hopewell Valley History Project – The Talk

Railroad Stations in the National Register of Historic Places

The railroad stations in Hopewell and Pennington boroughs are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are important local buildings. As described in the 1996 Preservation Plan (see below): “The Hopewell Railroad Station … serves as an architectural landmark for the town and the region. It is a finely detailed, second Empire … Continue reading Railroad Stations in the National Register of Historic Places

House and Street Images

We have expand from collecting books and maps into assembling images of local buildings and streets, starting by adding over 200 digitized photos and postcards of Hopewell Borough, identified by address. These are scanned from historic books left by our forebearers (Hopewell has both Healthful Historic Hopewell from 1897 and 1909 Hopewell), and from the … Continue reading House and Street Images

Hopewell’s Past by Betty Gantz

We are thrilled to announce that the site now includes the Hopewell’s Past book by Betty Gantz, through the kind support of her son, Robert. Mrs. Gantz began this project as a series of columns in the Hopewell Valley News from June 1976 through at least January 1986, and then then edited her columns into … Continue reading Hopewell’s Past by Betty Gantz

New Jersey Maps and Atlases

We’ve added some interesting historic maps of New Jersey, and some of the early Atlases in which these are found. In the Map Archives, search for maps showing the early development of the state: The Province of New Jersey, Divided into East and West, Commonly Called the Jerseys (1778), by Wm. Faden is a seminal … Continue reading New Jersey Maps and Atlases

Hopewell Borough Cultural Resource Survey

If you’re interested in the history and architecture of our local communities, it might interest you to discover that Hopewell Township performed a cultural resource survey in 1985 – 1985 that researched more than 1,000 pre-1875 sites in our 60 square mile area. Unfortunately, the results of this work, including the survey forms and associated … Continue reading Hopewell Borough Cultural Resource Survey