New – Hopewell Valley Places and Town Maps

The new Hopewell Valley Places page provides direct links to images, Historic Town Maps, and information available for our four major communities – Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, and Pennington Borough – plus Titusville / Washington Crossing (admittedly an “unincorporated community,” but large enough to separate out since we have several historic maps and a plethora … Continue reading New – Hopewell Valley Places and Town Maps

Hopewell Borough History Timeline

So when was the Hopewell train station built? What were the two railroads that were involved in the Frog War? When did the elementary school open? Where was the first public library located? When did Hopewell get a post office, telegraph service, and electric service? Whether you’re big into trivia contests, or want to resolve … Continue reading Hopewell Borough History Timeline

Hopewell Valley History Project: Discover Hopewell Valley History from Home

by Douglas Dixon Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3 pmWebinar via ZoomRegistration Required – See Below Update: Slides for the talk are posted. The Hopewell Valley History Project is a new volunteer effort to collect and save our local heritage in digital form, and share it online for open and convenient access (HopewellHistoryProject.org). Since last … Continue reading Hopewell Valley History Project: Discover Hopewell Valley History from Home

Historic Photos from 1966-67 Hopewell Boro Jaycee Calendar

This wonderful 1966-67 Hopewell Boro Community Calendar (PDF) was created by the Hopewell Valley Jaycees in commemoration of Hopewell Borough’s 75th Anniversary of Incorporation (1891-1966). The calendar features twelve fascinating historic photos from circa 1880 to 1890, calendar listings with community events (and local birthdays!), and a local business directory. The calendar seems to have … Continue reading Historic Photos from 1966-67 Hopewell Boro Jaycee Calendar

April 2020 Update – Exploring Hopewell Borough

April was focused on hunkering down in Hopewell Borough, viewing the town from above with some glorious aerial imagery, and then using the resources of this site to produce two Explore Historic Hopewell histories and visual tours for the area – one of the properties at West Broad and Louellen around the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, … Continue reading April 2020 Update – Exploring Hopewell Borough

The History of the Hopewell Public Library

UPDATED 4/24 – Add photo of library at Museum, with sign, and one-page timeline To celebrate Library Week this year, we have worked with the Hopewell Public Library to write up the fascinating history of the public library in Hopewell Borough. It’s a somewhat convoluted story of the ongoing determination and financial risk-taking of the … Continue reading The History of the Hopewell Public Library

Hopewell Fire Department 75th Anniversary Booklet

We are pleased to scan and share the 75th Anniversary Program booklet for the Hopewell Fire Department, 1911 – 1986 (PDF). This is 77 pages of fascinating reading, with an extensive history and chronology of the multiple (at least three!) fire departments in town, plus loads of period photos, with lots of fire equipment (not … Continue reading Hopewell Fire Department 75th Anniversary Booklet

Cultural Landscape History from Ian Burrow

Archaeologist and historian Ian Burrow has kindly contributed two documents on the cultural landscape and history of our area. The first document is A Cultural Landscape History of the Cedar Ridge Preserve (PDF, 2018), the report on his study for the Sourland Mountain Cultural Landscape Project.: “A study of the approximately 170-acre Cedar Ridge Preserve, … Continue reading Cultural Landscape History from Ian Burrow

Hopewell Borough Aerial Panoramas

We wanted to get some aerial images of Hopewell Borough to help understand and explain the history and development of the town. So one bright sunny day in early April we sent up a drone to capture aerial photos and videos over the town. And Hopewell does look great! – The buildings glowing in the … Continue reading Hopewell Borough Aerial Panoramas

Hopewell Boro Church Anniversary Booklets (1966 & 1977)

In case you missed the PS in the last post, we have scanned and posted two anniversary booklets that were distributed by Hopewell Borough churches – the Hopewell Calvary Baptist Church (1966) and St. Alphonsus Church (1977). The Hopewell Calvary Baptist Church 95th Anniversary booklet (1871 – 1966) (PDF) for the October 1966 celebration service … Continue reading Hopewell Boro Church Anniversary Booklets (1966 & 1977)