Runyon Farmstead Construction Updates

Updates on the construction of the Runyon Farmstead property – starting in May 2023. == See the full set of current Runyon Farmstead Construction Photos ==== See also Hopewell Inn construction updates – and photos == Runyon Farmstead History The Runyon Farmstead property is at 19 West Broad Street, just west of South Greenwood Avenue. … Continue reading Runyon Farmstead Construction Updates

Hopewell Harvest Fair – Photos

— The 2023 Harvest Fair has been rescheduled to October 21 — The 35th Annual Hopewell Harvest Fair is this Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Hopewell Elementary School, 35 Princeton Avenue, Hopewell, NJ. This volunteer community event has been providing fun and entertainment for Hopewell Valley families and … Continue reading Hopewell Harvest Fair – Photos

Stone Crushing Machines

How did the Hopewell Quarry and other late 1800s / early 1900s operations turn walls of rock into crushed stone? The first step is clear: drill holes into the rock wall, stuff in dynamite, and then blow off the front layer of the wall. But now you have a mess of boulders and big chunks … Continue reading Stone Crushing Machines

Memories of the Hopewell Quarry – Video and References

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 … Continue reading Memories of the Hopewell Quarry – Video and References

Hopewell Quarry Swim Club Photo Gallery

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 … Continue reading Hopewell Quarry Swim Club Photo Gallery

Hopewell Valley Quarries

In addition to the Hopewell Quarry swimming club, there were multiple other quarries operating in the Hopewell Valley in the late 1800s and into the 1900s. These were making crushed stone for use on the local roads – to replace the pain of rutted and muddy dirt roads with solid macadam roads that allowed travel … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Quarries

Hopewell Quarry Swim Club – Boats and Floats

The lake at the Hopewell Quarry Swimming Club was not just for swimming – there also were a variety of boats and floats used in the water. Some of these were for play and relaxation, while others were there for the lifeguards so they could quickly get to someone who needed help. So here are … Continue reading Hopewell Quarry Swim Club – Boats and Floats

The Legion Carnival Train and Booths

The previous post on the American Legion Carnival in the 1970s resulted in wonderful discussions and memories on Facebook. These lead us to the new discoveries below – the “Carnival Train,” and a better understanding of the variety of booths at the event. This annual Hopewell event was held in the 1960s and 1970s at … Continue reading The Legion Carnival Train and Booths

Talk: Memories of the Hopewell Quarry: Stones to Swimming

The story of the Hopewell quarry that made crushed stone for local roads in the 1890s, and of the Quarry Swim Club that developed in the 1920s as the quarry pit filled in with water, which then was sustained and enhanced for over a century, and now has been preserved as open space. Douglas Dixon, … Continue reading Talk: Memories of the Hopewell Quarry: Stones to Swimming

1978 American Legion Carnival – Gary Saretzky

Gary Saretzky has kindly shared his photos of the 1978 American Legion Carnival. This annual event was held at the post home of Hopewell Valley American Legion Post 339, on Van Dyke Road in Hopewell Township. The Legion Carnival was one of a succession of major summer events in Hopewell, including Fire Department carnivals from … Continue reading 1978 American Legion Carnival – Gary Saretzky