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

Hopewell Train Stations – Webinar Video

The webinar video for the Hopewell Train Stations: History and Art meeting and online presentation held on December 1, 2021 has been posted for viewing. See the References post for other associated material on the train stations, including the presentation slides, slide shows, associated briefs for the train stations and railroad lines, and information on … Continue reading Hopewell Train Stations – Webinar Video

1924 Hopewell High School Program and Ads

If you’re interested in families and businesses from a century ago, then check out this December 1924 program for the annual Hopewell High School senior class play. The program lists some 23 names of student performers – plus has 59 small ads for local businesses in Hopewell, Pennington, and Ringoes. == View the full 1924 … Continue reading 1924 Hopewell High School Program and Ads

The Railroads of the Frog War

We think of the Frog War as a local Hopewell thing, and really rather goofy – with cute frog logos for the Elementary School (see earlier post). But the Frog War was very serious business for the two heavyweight contenders that were fighting to preserve (or break) a monopoly on direct rail service between Philadelphia … Continue reading The Railroads of the Frog War

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

November 2021 Update – 2 Train Stations

The November updates to the Hopewell Valley History Project site focused on the local Pennington and Hopewell train stations, including several collections of new art and photos – in preparation for the “Hopewell Train Stations: History and Art” presentation on December 1. By the numbers, we finished the month with 240 files in the Archives, … Continue reading November 2021 Update – 2 Train Stations

Hopewell Train Station Art and Artists

Do you recognize these images and artists? The historic Hopewell and Pennington train stations are iconic symbols of our communities that have inspired the creativity of numerous artists, as shown in the variety of these images shared by the Hopewell Valley History Project. This Wednesday, December 1 at 7 pm Doug Dixon will present “Hopewell … Continue reading Hopewell Train Station Art and Artists

Hopewell Train Station Art by Jerry Cable

Bucks County artist Jerry Cable has kindly contributed several of his paintings of the Hopewell train station to the History Project Art Gallery of scenes of historic local places – and especially train stations. His paintings show the station from multiple angles and in different seasons, and he has used two of the resulting images … Continue reading Hopewell Train Station Art by Jerry Cable

Hopewell Train Stations: History and Art

Wed., Dec. 1, 2021 – 6:30 pm Meet the Artists – 7 pm Presentation – In person at The Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ – Or online over Zoom – Register here (HVHS) Hopewell Public Library “Wednesday Night Out” Lecture Series Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum … Continue reading Hopewell Train Stations: History and Art

Pennington Train Station Underpass

Do you remember the underpass at the Pennington train station? All that is left now are these handrails leading down into the ground after it was filled in. Lots of people have fond memories of the underpass – including the thrill as kids when they were surrounded by the sound of the train rumbling overhead. … Continue reading Pennington Train Station Underpass