Pennington History Booklet 1708 – 1958

Here’s an amazing reference to Pennington’s history, with the stories of its major institutions and civic groups from the early 1700s, including churches, schools, the Library, Fire Company, and banks. This 72-page Pennington Sesquibicentennial 1708 – 1958 booklet was prepared by the Kleio Club in 1958 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first recorded … Continue reading Pennington History Booklet 1708 – 1958

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  

Images of the HOPE Switch Tower

One of the most exciting developments of the last year of the History Project has been the discovery of previously-unknown images of the Hopewell and Pennington train stations. These not only help illustrate the history of the two stations, but also show now-gone station buildings including the passenger sheds and sidings, the Pennington underpass, the … Continue reading Images of the HOPE Switch Tower

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

Pennington Profile – Digital Edition Released

The Hopewell Valley History Project and the Pennington Public Library are pleased to announce the release of the new Digital Edition of Margaret J. O’Connell’s comprehensive book, Pennington Profile, A Capsule of State and Nation. The book, previously out of print, was originally published by Margaret O’Connell in 1966, and was republished by the Pennington … Continue reading Pennington Profile – Digital Edition Released

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

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

Hopewell Inn Memorabilia

The Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn building – at 15 East Broad Street on the corner of Seminary Avenue – is being prepped for demolition. It will be rebuilt as an upscale restaurant and apartments, with a historically familiar design based on the heyday of the building around the 1930s (see MercerMe article). The building, … Continue reading Hopewell Inn Memorabilia

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