Hopewell History Project – 2022 Highlights

by Douglas Dixon Here are some of the highlights of the 2022 additions to the History Project site, with links to more information, plus associated documents, maps, photos, and videos. The purpose of the Hopewell Valley History Project is assemble an archive of reference material in local history, shared online in digital and searchable formats … Continue reading Hopewell History Project – 2022 Highlights

November 2022 Update -Hopewell Inn Tours

The November updates to the History Project featured over 150 images, panoramas, and videos of the Hopewell Inn, plus stereo imagery, the Pennington Sesquibicentennial (250th) Booklet, and videos and references for the Hoproco presentation. (See Site Updates for more.) By the numbers, we finished the month with 287 files in the Archives, including 140 documents … Continue reading November 2022 Update -Hopewell Inn Tours

Hopewell with the Arrival of the Railroad – Video and References

The arrival of railroad service in the 1870s along the foothills of the Sourlands helped drive the development of Hopewell into the town that we know today. See below for the presentation video and slides, and references from the Life in 1900s Hopewell With the Arrival of the Railroad presentation by Douglas Dixon, held on … Continue reading Hopewell with the Arrival of the Railroad – Video and References

Hoproco Toy Company – Video and References

Hoproco, the Hopewell Products Company, operated from 1923 to 1929 on Burton Avenue in Hopewell, manufacturing metal and wooden mechanical toys and novelties. This presentation and references explore the history of Hoproco, its factory building, and the five known toys that the company created that are still prized by collectors today. See below for the … Continue reading Hoproco Toy Company – Video and References

September 2022 Update – Hopewell Quarry

The September updates to the History Project included several posts on the history of the Hopewell Quarry Swim Club, photos of the Van Doren lumberyard fires, and two upcoming talks. (See Site Updates for more.) By the numbers, we finished the month with 281 files in the Archives, including 136 documents and 145 maps and … Continue reading September 2022 Update – Hopewell Quarry

August 2022 Update – Finney & Fetter

The August updates to the History Project included a new brief on the Finney & Fetter Saw & Feed Mill, two videos of Local History Talks by Jack Koeppel, new local railroad photos, and other goodies. (See Site Updates for more.) By the numbers, we finished the month with 280 files in the Archives, including … Continue reading August 2022 Update – Finney & Fetter

Jack Koeppel Local History Talks

Videos of two local history talks by Jack Koeppel are now available on the Hopewell Valley Historical Society YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure. “Images of Old Hopewell: A Stroll Through Town – Now and Then” highlights Hopewell Borough’s 19th century character by juxtaposing the old with the new, matching historic images with current views … Continue reading Jack Koeppel Local History Talks

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

April 2022 Update – Hoproco Toys

The April updates to the History Project featured posts and briefs and images of Hoproco toys – and the Hoproco manufacturing site in Hopewell. The major new documents are transcribed versions of two Hopewell booklets – Healthy, Historic Hopewell from 1897, and 1909 Hopewell New Jersey – now fully readable and searchable. There also are … Continue reading April 2022 Update – Hoproco Toys