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

1900 & 1914 Hopewell Progress Editions

We are very fortunate that our predecessors in Hopewell Borough wrote down and published the stories of their times. For example, we have Ralph Ege’s Pioneers of Old Hopewell book of local history (1908), several booklets promoting the town as a place for potential businesses and residents (1897 & 1909 – see below), and, of … Continue reading 1900 & 1914 Hopewell Progress Editions

1914 Delaware & Raritan Canal Map

This is an amazing 1914 map of the entire Delaware & Raritan Canal system. The map was drawn by the Pennsylvania Railroad, who owned the canal from 1871 until 1933. The canal then reverted to the state of New Jersey and used as a water supply. The 70-mile Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park was … Continue reading 1914 Delaware & Raritan Canal Map

February 2022 Update – Videos

The February updates to the History Project featured a new YouTube video channel with clips from 1940 plus links to other interesting external videos. Other contributions include a 100th Anniversary scrapbook of the history of Hopewell Boy Scout Troop 71, and a new history brief on the former Rockwell Fire Brigade building, a fun example … Continue reading February 2022 Update – Videos

1940s Hopewell Videos

We are amazingly blessed to have some two hours of video, shot in and around Hopewell Borough eighty years ago(!) – from 1941 through 1947. The original 8 mm films were transferred to digital, and now are being posted on the new History Project YouTube channel. These provide a wonderful “slice of life” view of … Continue reading 1940s Hopewell Videos

Scouting Your History

Do you know the history of your organizations? Their story – where they came from, how they developed, and the people who worked to help get to where they are today? Maybe it’s time to find some volunteers to do some digging, and capture this information before it is lost! One wonderful example of doing … Continue reading Scouting Your History

January 2022 Update – History Briefs

The January updates to the Hopewell Valley History Project site included downloads of compilations of the History Brief research papers from the past two years, a new brief on Somerset Street, two new documents on Hopewell Valley trolley routes and Hopewell villages in 1883, and new photos and artifacts from the Rockwell plant in Hopewell. … Continue reading January 2022 Update – History Briefs

December 2021 Update – Hopewell or Not

The December updates to the Hopewell Valley History Project site included historical photos of snowy views around the valley, the Hopewell train station, and some possibly false images around the area. Plus a 1924 high school program packed with ads for local businesses, and New York Times articles published directly after the Hopewell Frog War. … Continue reading December 2021 Update – Hopewell or Not

Hopewell Train Stations: History and Art – References

References and links for the Hopewell Train Stations: History and Art presentation on the Hopewell and Pennington train stations that was held on December 1, 2021. These include the online video (to be done), the presentation slides (13 pp.), the associated slide shows on the two stations (75 images), and more detailed briefs on the … Continue reading Hopewell Train Stations: History and Art – References

Hopewell Valley Brickyards

The Hopewell Valley is blessed with some wonderful and impressive (and solid) brick buildings. But where did all those bricks came from, especially for construction around 1900, with delivery by horse and wagon? It turns out that the Hopewell Valley area did have some local brickyards, including near Lambertville and in Hopewell Borough. We can … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Brickyards