news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago, and more.
August 7, with photos added through November.
Town Meetng - October 24
Ezine for September - Open Spaces - In addition to an
article on Hopedale's open spaces are Hopedale news
items from 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
Hopedale in September
G&U extension to Milford - PIctures from March through
Bob Anderson's memories of working at Draper Corp.
more. Views of Upton Grafton Millis
Draper plant photos that appear to be from the 1960s.
Saved by Bob Anderson of Upton when Rockwell people
were discarding them. Page 1 (machinery and workers -
some from the West Foundry) Page 2 (machinery and
workers) Page 3 (machinery and workers) Page 4
(machinery and workers) Page 5 (office workers,
executives and meetings) Page 6 (loom assembly)
Page 7 (people) Page 8 (shuttle department) Page 9
(salesmen's book - captioned photos) Page 10 (the rest
of the salesmen's book) Page 11 (more from inside the
shop) Page 12 ( building the West Foundry)
on homes and buildings in the Hopedale Village
National Register District.
Buildings, Businesses, Cemeteries, Churches
Organizations, and Town Departments
Draper Corporation and Draper Family
Grafton & Upton Railroad And trolleys, also.
Group Pictures from decades ago
Hopedale Community - 1841 - 1856
Hopedale History Ezine - More than 380 Hopedale
Hopedale Reminiscences Stories written in 1910,
by people who, as children, lived in the Hopedale
Utopian commune of the 1840s and 1850s.
Hopedale on YouTube - Video and slide shows.
Links to Hopedale related sites
Little Red Shop - history and pictures
Little Red Shop interior - photos of looms, etc.
Little Red Shop renovation - photos from each week
of the three month project.
Maps and Aerial Views
Memories - individual and family stories
Neighboring Towns, Lakes and Rivers
Now and Then - pictures taken a century or so apart
Park, Parklands, Pond and Sports
Recent Pictures Through 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Short Stories and Pictures
Wildflowers of Hopedale
Act of Incorporation, 1886
Aerial views of Hopedale
Assessors' Report, 1886
Biographies (Short) of Prominent Hopedale Citizens
Boston Celtics at the Draper Gym
Boston Post Cane Recipients
Comments on this site
Directory, 1898 Streets, businesses List of
District Nursing Association history
Floods - Draper Corp/Freedom Street Spindleville
Garages (Car garages for Draper house people.)
History of Hopedale (From the book, Images of
A History of South Hopedale
Hopedale Historical Society, 1957
Hopedale in 1881 1888 1905 1910 1916
1946 1952 1953
Hopedale As I Found It (Hopedale in 1910.)
Hopedale history timeline
Hopedale Village Historic District
Iceout - (First day each year when Hopedale Pond
is clear of ice.)
Mellen Street bridge
Mill Town or Shop Village?
Mother Mendon and her Children
Questions about Hopedale history
A Shell - (Song about the Draper plant)
Shuttle lamp directions
Sleepy Little Town -(A song about Hopedale)
Street and Place Name Origins
President Taft Visits Hopedale
Gilbert Thompson - (National Geographic Society
founder and fingerprinting pioneer)
Walking Tour of Hopedale
The Water Cure House
Wikipedia - People from Hopedale
Wikipedia - People with the Draper surname
Women's suffrage activities in Hopedale.
This site was started in 2002, shortly after the publication
of Images of America: Hopedale, to relate more of the
history of Hopedale, Massachusetts. In 1842, a Utopian
socialist commune was established here in a section of
Milford called The Dale. The commune failed in 1856, and
its assets were taken over by the major stockholders of the
Community, Ebenezer and George Draper. The
companies they established eventually evolved into the
Draper Corporation, at one time the world's largest
manufacturer of automatic cotton looms. In 1886 the
village separated from Milford to become an independent
town. Hopedale has an area of only five square miles, a
population of about 6,000 and is located in the Blackstone
Valley in south-central Massachusetts.
Massachusetts maps showing Hopedale's location.
While this site originally included only Hopedale history,
since 2005 some current stories and pictures have been
added. Most of them can be seen by going to the Recent
Pictures Menus on the right
on any of the material here, e-mail me and I'll add your
thoughts or corrections to the site.
I send out Hopedale history ezines twice each month. If
you'd like to be added to the list to receive them, let me
know by using the email link above. To read them online,
go to the Hopedale History Ezine link in the column on
the right side of this page.
Search box above for searching this site only;
If you used site search here and were blocked,
see the comment on it at the bottom of this page.
Comments, suggestions, questions, corrections
at the Draper plant, with photos added as the project continues.