Railroad Trains and Flooded Bridges

Here are two pairs of images of local scenes of railroad trains and flooded bridges, thanks to family photos from two kind contributors. The first pair show a “Bel-Del” Railroad train near Titusville in the 1940s – and the Washington Crossing bridge during the 1955 flood. The second pair shows a Reading Railroad train at … Continue reading Railroad Trains and Flooded Bridges

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

December 2022 Update – Hopewell Creamery

The December updates to the History Project featured the Hopewell Creamery, plus a variety of other historic photographs. (See Site Updates for more.) By the numbers, we finished the month with 289 files in the Archives, including 142 documents and 147 maps and aerials. The Image Gallery now has 3187 files, and the Panoramas Collection … Continue reading December 2022 Update – Hopewell Creamery

Hopewell New Year’s Artifacts

Happy New Year! In the spirit of the holiday, here are some Hopewell Valley artifacts related to celebrations, including fluid intake and recovery from the same. These span the 1920s into the 1970s, and include organizations and businesses that are still operating today, including the Hopewell Pharmacy and the American Legion. (This is also a … Continue reading Hopewell New Year’s Artifacts

Hopewell Valley Railroad Artifacts

Here are some amazing artifacts of the early railroad service in the Hopewell Valley, courtesy of Rich Anderson and family. And they raise interesting questions … The first railroad to arrive in the area was the Mercer and Somerset (M&S), which started service in 1874 as part of the Pennsylvania Railroad system. The Delaware and … Continue reading Hopewell Valley Railroad Artifacts

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  

July 2022 Update – Discovering Local History Online

The July updates to the History Project included several major topics – the Discovering Local History Online presentation, the demolition of the Hopewell Inn building – plus multiple new maps, and the release of digital edition of Pennington Profile. (See Site Updates for more.) By the numbers, we finished the month with 279 files in … Continue reading July 2022 Update – Discovering Local History Online

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

June 2022 Update – Twin Pine

The June updates to the History Project included Twin Pine Airport, the Game of Hopewell Valley, Hopewell Inn Memorabilia, and other materials. (See Site Updates for more.) By the numbers, we finished the month with 266 files in the Archives, including 130 documents and 136 maps and aerials. The Image Gallery now has 2855 files, … Continue reading June 2022 Update – Twin Pine

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