Memorial Day Weekend Veterans Services

This Memorial Day weekend, Hopewell Valley American Legion Post 339 will conduct cemetery and monument services on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at multiple locations in Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, and Pennington Borough, respectively (i.e., in the mornings before the borough parades). The Hopewell Valley Veterans Association (HVVA) also will conduct an observance at the Veterans … Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend Veterans Services

New Hopewell History Video Gallery

Over the past couple of years we’ve collected and shared an extensive variety of materials covering the history of the Hopewell Valley – documents and pamphlets, maps and aerials, photos and postcards, and more. So now it’s time to add videos! The new Video Gallery is starting out with a collection of links to videos … Continue reading New Hopewell History Video Gallery

Hopewell Valley Trolley Routes – 1902 – 1931

The mania of trolley construction in the United States in the early 1900s included one line from Trenton servicing Hopewell and Pennington from 1902 to 1931, and two competing lines to Lawrenceville and Princeton from 1899 to 1939. The rails have long since been torn up – apparently to be used as scrap for World … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Trolley Routes – 1902 – 1931

The Villages of Hopewell Township in 1883

It’s difficult to imagine life in Hopewell Township in 1880 – almost century and a half ago. It was an exciting time, since two train lines had been recently built though the township, accelerating the growth of the region. (See the Hopewell Railroads post.) We are blessed with some maps of the area, including details … Continue reading The Villages of Hopewell Township in 1883

1960s Hopewell Snowy Views

Here are some chilly-looking seasonal views of perhaps familiar scenes around Hopewell. As a bonus these vistas seem much more open – with the snow on the ground, and the leaves off the trees you can really see the surrounding area. And the 1960 vintage cars just complete the picture. See more snowy images in … Continue reading 1960s Hopewell Snowy Views

Hopewell Valley or Not – Challenge!

Are these photos of Hopewell Valley – or not? This is a challenge that the History Project team faces when trying to identify newly contributed historic images. So now it’s your turn to decide which of these scenes are from the Hopewell Valley area, and identify the locations. In this case, the images are a … Continue reading Hopewell Valley or Not – Challenge!

October 2021 Update – Train Stations

The October updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site focused on the local Hopewell and Pennington train stations, including a trove of over 40 historical photos by Ralph Curcio. Other posts showed examples of how to use historical maps to learn about local properties, such as the additions to St. Michael’s and Weart’s Market … Continue reading October 2021 Update – Train Stations

Hopewell Valley Towns in the Early 1900s

History is not only about facts, but also about understanding people and their stories, including their lives, organizations, businesses, and towns. And sometimes our predecessors leave us a window into how they see their lives. One unexpected example of this is The Industrial Directory of New Jersey, which was printed by the N. J. Bureau … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Towns in the Early 1900s

Investigating History in Hopewell Maps

How can you begin to investigate the history of your house, or street, or town? When were the buildings built and expanded, and how did the streets develop over time? The best way to get a quick sense of how our towns changed and developed is to look at the maps. And we are blessed … Continue reading Investigating History in Hopewell Maps

August 2021 Update – Historic Sites

The August updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site included a new history brief on the forgotten story of Mercer Street – not just the earlier home of the American Legion, but also a major stonecutting operation for the first half of the 1900s. Another post highlighted the registered historic sites of Hopewell Township, … Continue reading August 2021 Update – Historic Sites