May 2021 Update – Industrial Hopewell

The May updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site supported Hopewell Valley Heritage Week in the Valley, and continued to focus on Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough for the Industrial Hopewell walking tours and the upcoming online virtual tour of Railroad Place. By the numbers, we finished the month with 225 files in the … Continue reading May 2021 Update – Industrial Hopewell

Historical Slide Shows for Heritage Week

Next week, May 22 – 31, 2021, is Hopewell Valley Heritage Week, celebrating the rich heritage of the Hopewell Valley with a full week of events, some virtual and others outdoors. This year’s theme is Trains, Planes & Automobiles – American Indian to Modern Day Transportation in Hopewell Valley. And to celebrate we have two … Continue reading Historical Slide Shows for Heritage Week

1966 Snowy Aerials of Pennington and Hopewell

We have two new aerial photos from 1966, showing views to the horizon of Pennington and Hopewell boroughs. The ground is blanketed in snow, with open area and fields surrounding the development in the towns. These are thanks again to Roger Labaw, who filmed these while flying in a private plane. Looking East Over Pennington … Continue reading 1966 Snowy Aerials of Pennington and Hopewell

Hopewell Railroad Sidings

The Hopewell area has seen two different railroad lines and a trolley line providing service up through Hopewell and Pennington. Two of these tracks are long gone, but some of their footprints remain. In Hopewell Borough, for example, the train station that we know was built in 1876, conveniently in time for the Centennial Exposition … Continue reading Hopewell Railroad Sidings

1955 Hopewell Trains and Stations

We have some wonderful new images from two new contributors: Jacob Aungst kindly shared images of a Hopewell Dainties sign. The Dainties brand was the flagship product manufactured by the Hopewell Chocolate Company at the old Chocolate Factory from 1909 to 1930 (see earlier post). The sign has seen hard times, but is readable on … Continue reading 1955 Hopewell Trains and Stations

Mercer County Tercentenary, 1664-1964

In 1964, Mercer County celebrated the “300th Anniversary of New Jersey” with a wonderful commemorative book, Mercer County Tercentenary 1664-1964, which provides a broad snapshot of the time, with extensive discussions of the history, current status, and path forward for the county – from a rather optimistic and positive perspective. This book is in the … Continue reading Mercer County Tercentenary, 1664-1964

February 2021 Update – Mt. Rose, Lindbergh, Maps & Panoramas

The February updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site included new material on Mount Rose, documents on the Lindbergh case and 1932 Hopewell, annotated maps of Titusville and Pennington showing homeowners and businesses from 1860 and 1875, and new panoramic images – plus new tools for viewing panoramas and the other collections. By the … Continue reading February 2021 Update – Mt. Rose, Lindbergh, Maps & Panoramas

New 1964 Panoramas, and Collections

We’ve added new 1964 aerial images – from the year the Beatles took America by storm. This project expanded into developing a new Aerial Panorama Viewer for exploring them (including panning and zooming into the images), which then grew into extending the simple Collections Viewer interface to support the other History Project collections. New 1964 … Continue reading New 1964 Panoramas, and Collections

Pennington & Titusville Business Maps c1875

Who were the people who lived here in the Hopewell Valley around 1875 – some 150 years ago? And what did they do here? The maps of the time show that many ran small businesses, providing supplies and services to the local community. Some of these businesses are still familiar today: druggist, barber, shoemaker, dressmaker, … Continue reading Pennington & Titusville Business Maps c1875

January 2021 Update – Hopewell Landmarks

The January updates on the Hopewell Valley History Project site included explorations of several historic Hopewell landmarks, through newly-contributed family photos and the History Project collections. There are also some new enhancements to the site, included extended Image Galleries, built-in Pan/Zoom for exploring images in the History Map, and a new Property Report viewer for … Continue reading January 2021 Update – Hopewell Landmarks