Hopewell 1965 and Railroad Place

This wonderful view down Railroad Place in Hopewell seems so familiar – with the Chocolate Factory and then J. B. Hill & Sons to the right and the Tomato Factory at the end of the street. But this photo actually captures a long-lost streetscape, including two buildings that were destroyed by arson, and the railroad … Continue reading Hopewell 1965 and Railroad Place

Remembering Soupe du Jour

The Soupe du Jour restaurant was a beloved Hopewell fixture for 35 years. It was founded at the Tomato Factory Antiques Center in 1972 by Valerie Hartshorne and Frad Young, and moved the following year to 10 East Broad Street at Blackwell Avenue. Patty Phillips then took over the business from 1980 to 2007. The … Continue reading Remembering Soupe du Jour

Hopewell Memorial Day Parades – 1960s & 70s

To echo the fun of the recent Hopewell Valley celebrations for Memorial Day and July 4th, here are a selection of photos of Hopewell Memorial Day parades from 1961 to 1978. These show the crowds and marchers and buildings on various streets along the parade route. (Note the dates are approximate.) These are from a … Continue reading Hopewell Memorial Day Parades – 1960s & 70s

Hopewell Valley Brickyards

The Hopewell Valley is blessed with some wonderful and impressive (and solid) brick buildings. But where did all those bricks came from, especially for construction around 1900, with delivery by horse and wagon? It turns out that the Hopewell Valley area did have some local brickyards, including near Lambertville and in Hopewell Borough. We can … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Brickyards

June 2021 Update – Welcome to Hopewell

The July updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site wrapped up the coverage of Industrial Hopewell: Railroad Place with the online webinar presentation and posting of the presentation slides. This was followed by some fun local history of Hopewell Borough. By the numbers, we finished the month with 228 files in the Archives, including … Continue reading June 2021 Update – Welcome to Hopewell

The Game of Hopewell

It’s The Game of Hopewell! This Monopoly-like board game is from the 1985 Hopewell Community Day, and features Hopewell Borough institutions and businesses on the spaces around the edge of the board. You start at the Elementary School corner, and then the other corners have the Borough Hall & Fire House (Tax!) and the Mini … Continue reading The Game of Hopewell

“Welcome to Hopewell Borough” Signs

“Welcome to Hopewell Borough” – Have you noticed these signs as you drive into town? There are actually five signs, installed in 2014 on each of the entry points into Hopewell – from the four compass points (East and West Broad, North Greenwood, and (south) Princeton Ave.), plus the bonus diagonal from Louellen. The Welcome … Continue reading “Welcome to Hopewell Borough” Signs

Industrial Hopewell – Webinar Video

The webinar video for the Industrial Hopewell: Railroad Place online presentation held on June 10, 2021 has been posted for viewing, courtesy of the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library, which co-sponsored the talk with the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, The Hopewell Museum, and the Hopewell Public Library. See the References post for other … Continue reading Industrial Hopewell – Webinar Video

Industrial Hopewell – Presentation Slides

The presentation slides for the Industrial Hopewell: Railroad Place online webinar have been posted for viewing. == View the Presentation slides (PDF): Industrial Hopewell – Railroad Place == See the References post for other associated Industrial Hopewell material, including the presentation slides, tour handout, associated briefs for the individual properties, slide shows, and associated Hopewell … Continue reading Industrial Hopewell – Presentation Slides

Hopewell Train Station in 1881

This wonderful image taken at the Hopewell train station in 1881, and provided courtesy of Steven Cohen, illustrates the importance of the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s to the villages of Hopewell and Pennington. This is from a promotional poster created by Reuben Savidge, who ran the general store in Mount Rose and … Continue reading Hopewell Train Station in 1881