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

October 2022 Update – The Railroad in Hopewell

The October updates to the History Project included several posts on the railroad in Hopewell, plus the Model Ave. Lumber Yard, more on the Twin Pine airport, and Hopewell toys of the 1920s. (See Site Updates for more.) By the numbers, we finished the month with 284 files in the Archives, including 137 documents and … Continue reading October 2022 Update – The Railroad in Hopewell

“Pole Farm” History – 1929 – 1975

The “Pole Farm” at Mercer Meadows got its name from the thousands of tall radio antenna poles that were installed on the site to provide telephone service across the Atlantic to Europe and to South America. The over 800-acre site, then known as AT&T’s Lawrenceville Transmitting Center, operated from 1929 until 1975. Thanks to several … Continue reading “Pole Farm” History – 1929 – 1975

Quarry Swim Club Photos – 1950s and 60s

Thanks to Rich Anderson, we have a fun collection of 12 photos of the Quarry Swim Club on Crusher Road, taken while Rich was working there in the 1950s and 60s. These include views around the facility, with the swimming pool and quarry, views out to the fields and Crusher Road, and shots of activities … Continue reading Quarry Swim Club Photos – 1950s and 60s

Now Boarding: Life in 1900s Hopewell With the Arrival of the Railroad  

Presented by Douglas Dixon, Hopewell Valley History Project Thurs., Oct. 27, 2022 – 7 pm Hopewell Train Station, Railroad Place, Hopewell, NJ Sourland Conservancy Train Station Series Advance registration is required as space is limited – Click Here Join Doug Dixon of the Hopewell Valley History Project to explore how the arrival of train service … Continue reading Now Boarding: Life in 1900s Hopewell With the Arrival of the Railroad  

The Founding of the Hopewell Quarry

The Hopewell Quarry on Crusher Road has been revitalized and reopened by the Friends of Hopewell Quarry, and is finishing its first full summer season. The story of the Quarry Swimming Club is outlined in the Quarry history page and in recent newspaper coverage – It was originally run by Dezzie and Ann Bond Casey … Continue reading The Founding of the Hopewell Quarry

Historic Maps – Topographical and Geological

Maps are beautiful! Local atlas and topographic maps provide amazing glimpses into the past – showing the topology, rivers and roads, and even buildings with identifications. These are impressive examples of the cartographic arts, combining lines, text, and symbols with color and shading – all at different sizes and scales – into a coherent and … Continue reading Historic Maps – Topographical and Geological

The Game of Hopewell Valley

This is “The Game of Hopewell Valley” from 1993 – not to be confused with “The Game of Hopewell [Boro]” from 1985 (see earlier post). Both are Monopoly-like board games, complete with property and chance cards – and stacks of play money. The “Hopewell” game was created by the 1985 Hopewell Community Day and features … Continue reading The Game of Hopewell Valley

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